Día Internacional de la Luz 2019

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IES Alkal’a Nahar 2º Bachillerato de Excelencia

On 1st of April 2019, We went for the IOSA activity in IES Alkal’a Nahar. We did workshops on Visual optics and Fiber optics. There is science in everything around the world we took this opportunity to explain few basic concepts. The kids were so enthusiastic and energetic and they were so involved. Many of the kids told that they are planning for a career in science and that was obvious through their involvement and queries. We had such interactive and informative session overall.


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Feria Madrid por la Ciencia

On Sunday 31 March, we had the opportunity to participate in the Madrid por la Ciencia. Its main objective is to spread in the school environment and in society in general, scientific culture and research, to encourage scientific vocations by eliminating gender barriers, to communicate science and innovation that takes place in our universities, research centers and Companies, stimulate interest and curiosity in the science of young people, and show how science influences economic development and social welfare, fostering the competitiveness of companies through innovation.


The IOSA Group was in Stand of the CSIC, representing the outreach group of Institute of Optics.

We were explaining to the walkers of the Fair three workshops: ray tracing, visual optics, properties of light and optical fibers. There were many families with small children, curious young people and not so young people but just as curious, with many questions.

It was a very rewarding experience. We also had the opportunity to visit other Stand, and learn about other activities. We are not left with some of the ideas to be included in our workshops.



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Ciencia en el Barrio IES CIUDAD DE LOS ÁNGELES

As part of the CSIC divulgation program ‘Ciencia en el barrio’ we visited IES Ciudad de los Ángeles high school in Madrid on 29th of March. The main purpose of the activity was to explain some workshops to the students so they can repeat them and explain it to younger children and later in a science fair to children of other high schools on May.

At the beginning of the activity we were introduced by the ‘Ciencia en el barrio’ organizer and then we gave a brief explanation of our research at the labs. We continue to explain two workshops: ray tracing and pseudo-holography.

With the ray tracing workshop different concepts of geometric optic and human vision system were explained to the students. Next we showed them how to create a pseudo-hologram using a smartphone and a plastic sheet.

To finish the activity we divided the students in two groups of 15 people and gave them the materials so they can do the workshops by themselves and answered all their questions about both workshops.


The activity was recorded by a producer !!

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Ciudad Ciencia @JumillaTeam

On March 21st and 22nd IOSA participated once again in the outreach activity “Descubriendo la luz” (Discovering light), framing in the program Ciudad Ciencia. The project is organized by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and brings into small towns the recent advances on science and technology, as well as playful workshops to illustrate and explain science on different fields.

In this edition the activity was conducted in Jumilla, a town with around 25.000 inhabitants, located in the region of Murcia. Jumilla is worldwide famous for their vines, but also it is field of delightful fruits, as pears. To manage the workshop, the Jumilla Team, integrated by Rocio, Esther and Diego, was mobilized to the town, bringing with them three different workshops related with distinct aspects of light: fluorescence & phosphorescence, ray tracing & visual optics and optical fibers & communications.

The first day the activity was realized at the afternoon, in the “Centro Integrado de Formación y Experiencias Agrarias de Jumillas” (CIFEA). The workshops were opened to general public and about 60 kids, some of them with their parents, enjoyed with the experiments. In addition, a group of 20 persons with mental disabilities shared with the Jumilla Team the passion for learning and discovering.

The morning of the 22nd the workshops were delivered to the Secondary School Infanta Elena. Around 85 students, two groups of 4th ESO and one of 2nd Bachiller, explored the properties of light together with their teachers. The students were very involved and enthusiastic with the project, paying a deal of attention and asking interested questions.

The activity was very gratifying, for both participants and Jumilla Team. Who knows where we will go the next time, we can’t wait for the next destination!


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CEIP JOSÉ DE ECHEGARAY School (4 years old)

On 6th of March, we visited José de Echegaray School and did an activity in which we explained some of our workshops to 4 years old children.

Before starting with the workshops, we introduced ourselves so that they knew who we were, where we were coming from and what we were doing there as part of IOSA Outreach Group.

Since they were 4 groups of 25 kids, we took one group each hour and divided them in 4 smaller groups so that each group did a 15 minutes workshop and then rotated until they all saw the four workshops we brought to this school (fluorescence, ray tracing, visual perception and changes in the index of refraction). Then, the next group of 25 kids enter into the classroom and we repited the same procedure.

It seem that all kids had a good time seeing and hearing our explanations as they participated with us when we asked questions, they wanted to investigate with the things we had there and they were very happy with the fluorescence bracelet we gave them in one of the workshops.


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PEAC & IOSA – ‘Guess who women in science?’

Last 9th of February we visited PEAC (Programa de Enriquecimiento Educativo para Alumnos con Altas Capacidades)

In the first place, we gave an introductory talk about Who we are? Where we come from? and What we do? so that they could get to know the CSIC, the research organization, Institute of Optics which we both belong, and most importantly, the IOSA Outreach Group.   Then we gave importance to 11F the ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’.

We explained why this day was important and the need to make future generations aware of the role of women in science. And Women / Science have always existed, but due to different circumstances their knowledge has not been recognized.

Then we move to a more dynamic topic the game ‘Guess who women in science?’ , which consisted of three templates each with five scientists with different areas of knowledge; where only the name and date of birth and death (if they had it) were indicated. Next to it were two holes where the photo was to be pasted and a small description of the most important events. We tried to put a degree of medium difficulty since it was the first time.

The students were divided into groups of 5 people.

The students were corrected and scored themselves, according to a presentation where these scientists appeared and many more.

The gift for the winning team was a sample of polarization.

Finally, we went to the workshops divided the group 15 students each workshop, during 45min.  Both groups held the two workshops as they rotated.

  1. Optical fiber optical telecommunication
  2. Fluorescence and phosphorescence and applications.

Finally, a survey was carried out to determine the degree of satisfaction of the students, and in this way, improve as much as possible.


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Colegio San Ramón y San Antonio ‘Internacional Day of Women and Girls in Science’ & Workshops

Last 13rd of February we visited Colegio San Ramón y San Antonio, as part of our aim to make women’s contribution to science visible.

We introduced them to different women scientists whose discoveries have been crucial to move humanity forward, such as Jocelyn Bell and the pulsar, or last Nobel Prize in Physics, Donna Strickland.

Afterwards, we showed them different workshops; ray tracing, fiber optics, vision, florescence and optical illusions.

It was a very nice afternoon, with very participative students.

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‘Cáfe, Género y Ciencia’ Prof. Eulalia Pérez Sedeño

On the occasion of # 11F ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’, we organized together with #womeninoptics networking coffee this session where the pleasure of hearing first-hand Prof. Eulalia Pérez Sedeño, Professor of Research in Science, Technology and Gender in the Department of Science, Technology and Society of the Philosophy Institute of CSIC (Spain).
The event consisted of a talk titled ‘Stereotypes, gender and knowledge’, where emphasis has been placed on the definitions of gender and sex, and that the characteristics of a gender is not something innate, but is the product of socialization and education.
She commented that women study a lot of science. What we do not study are physics and engineering. But the rest we study a lot. Studying certain careers or scientific engineering has a lot to do with stereotypes. Women are educated from very young in activities that have to do with language and care. Consequence “That women do not dedicate themselves to some types of science, impoverishes those disciplines very much”
And the more prestige less women and the more women less prestige. This happens in any area, not only in science.
She has explained how sexist or androcentric biases influence the relationship of women in science with a very striking example: myocardial heart attack; In medicine, for example, clinical trials continue where women are not studied.It is thought that the norm is man and that everything that applies to a man can also be applied to them, and it is not true.
How does she see the future?
She said that she is positive because , she think we are better than when she started in the late 80’s. 30 years have passed …she is negative because we are moving very slowly and because we have to repeat things over and over again. In other areas, when you achieve an achievement that is already settled. In feminist and gender issues, this is not the case. You have to start over and over again. And this has a lot to do with the fact that young people think that equality is already achieved and that nothing more needs to be done. And there is more to see what happens on a daily basis to realize that we have not achieved equality and go back is possible.

It has been a pleasure to have this experience, we have learned from her experience a lot.

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Colloquiumm with Prof. Eli Peli


Today we had the pleasure of celebrating our second Colloquium with a Senior Scientist, the first was last year with Prof. Arthur Bradley.
On this occasion we had the pleasure of having Prof. Eli Peli, Senior Scientist and Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. His research spans the interface between engineering and ophthalmic/vision research. Specifically, he tries to understand how we see in the context of low vision rehabilitacion. Prof. Peli’s principal research interests includes eye movement analysis, binocular vision, image processing, image communications and optics.

He has told us about his experience in the industry based on his knowledge as an ophthalmologist / optometrist specialist in vision science. And how do you behave to deal with a company.
Tip: Whatdo you need to have ‘a person’ who is going to relate to a company is pay attention and be lucky. Be able to understand the businessman speak their language, and think not  like in laboratory. It’s another world, another interest, other objectives.
He has commented examples of his collaborations as a consultant in successful companies, which were successful and not now or on curious collaborations.

Test out of the market, magnifying glass from optical fibers.
We have learned that we must pay attention, be proactive and hardworking. That success is achieved with hard work and luck.

Thank you Prof. Eli Peli for joining us . Group picture.

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