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An educational legacy of the IYL 2015

July 2016 Number 108

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An educational legacy of the IYL 2015

Optic kits for Spanish primary and secondary schools.


Left: María del Mar Sánchez, SEDOPTICA member, discussing optics demonstrations with students at the primary school IES – El Palmeral, in Elche, Spain.

Right: Ignacio Moreno, vice-president of SEDOPTICA, with Jesús Carnicer, SEDOPTICA member and pedagogical director of the MUDIC – Museum of Education in Science of Orihuela, where two Photonics Explorer Kits have been included in the material used at the optics workshop.

The first ICO prize for the promotion of optics and photonics was awarded to the Spanish Optical Society (SEDOPTICA) in support of their outreach activities in educational centres. The ICO contribution was intended to help acquire optics kits to be donated to primary and secondary schools.

The Spanish Optical Society (SEDOPTICA), thanks to an initiative of its Committee on Imaging Techniques, has obtained generous financial support from the International Commission for Optics (ICO).

This support has permitted the purchase of a considerable number of kits to promote optics and photonics for educational centres.

So far, 30 kits have been delivered, and a further dozen will be sent out in the near future. All the kits acknowledge the ICO sponsorship.

Santiago Vallmitjana
President of SEDOPTICA