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Reflections on optics: OSANJU Youth Education Event

Author: Cheng Li, Nanjing University Student Chapter of OSA

As one of the signature activities held by OSANJU, Youth Education, at first simply designed as introductory optics lectures for small children, has also started to bring inspiration for those who stand behind the teaching desk.

Tonghua Yu, lecturer of Youth Education at Chengxin Primary School, was impressed by pupils' curiosity and thirst of knowledge. "When the colour on magic patches was changing (selective reflection)," he said, "the kids were amazed as predicted, but I also noticed some of the kids starting to talk to each other, trying to figure out why putting my hands on the patch could make things different. To them, it seemed like the experiment was not just some fanciful phenomena, it became something worth thinking about, a new part of the world that is yet to be discovered. You cannot imagine how hard they tried to guess and even analyze using their elementary logic. That was the moment when I knew I was doing something meaningful—that learning is not just about knowing, but also this responsibility to share with others how we can understand nature."

During the Youth Education at Jinling Primary School, lecturer Zhentao Huang had similar experience, but he sees it in a different way. "What we saw back in the class is every student being keen to participate and interact. They are willing to express whatever they came up with or observed. You can hardly find the same scenario in a college or high school classroom. I think that is the enthusiasm we are missing in higher education, we focus too much on the task and grade instead of learning itself. We were there to give lectures, but actually we have learned more from our students."

Chapters in China
Beihang University Student Chapter
Beihang University, Beijing
beihangOSA@163.com

Beijing Institute of Technology Chapter
Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing
bitstudentchapter@gmail.com

Beijing Jiaotong University OSA Chapter
Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing
beijingjiaotong@osachapter.org

BUPT OSA Student Chapter
Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, Beijing
buptosachapter@osachapter.org

CNU OSA Students' Chapter
Capital Normal University, Beijing
osa_cnu@163.com

CIOMP OSA Student Chapter
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Changchun
osaciompstudent@osachapter.org

CUST Student Chapter of OSA CUST
Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun
cust@osachapter.org

East China Normal University
East China Normal University, Shanghai
ECNU_OSA@osachapter.org

Peking University EECS Chapter
Peking University, Beijing
pekinguniversityosa@gmail.com

HIT OSA Student Chapter
Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin
osahit_chapter@163.com

HUST Optoelectronics
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan
zhaicy@hust.edu.cn

IOP-OSA Student Chapter
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, Beijing
iop_osa@163.com

Jilin University OSA Student Chapter
Jilin University, Changchun
jilin__university@126.com

Ningbo University OSA Student Chapter
Ningbo University, Ningbo
NBU@osachapter.org

OSA Nankai University Student Chapter
Nankai University, Tianjin
osanku@163.com

Nankai Physics OSA Student Chapter
Nankai University, Tianjin
nkyfy@mail.nankai.edu.cn

NJUPT OSA Chapter
Nanjing University of Posts and Telecom, Nanjing
yujiaoliang123@gmail.com

NUAA Student Chapter of OSA
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing
fyjlouis@gmail.com

Nanjing University Student Chapter of OSA
Nanjing University, Nanjing
osanju@126.com

NUST OSA Student Chapter
Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing
NUSTOSAChapter@163.com

Peking University
Peking University, Beijing
pkuosapku@gmail.com

PKU ShenZhen Graduate School
Peking University, Beijing
pkusz@osachapter.org

SCNU Student Chapter of OSA
South China Normal University, Guangzhou
osa@coer-scnu.org

Sichuan University (Phosphor)
Sichuan University, Chengdu
SICH@osachapter.org

Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Shanghai studentchapter_siom@osachapter.org

Southeast University Student Chapter of OSA
Southeast University, Nanjing
SEU_OSA@outlook.com

SUSTC OSA Student Chapter
South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen
osastudent@mail.sustc.edu.cn

Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Shenzhen City
tbsi@osachapter.org

Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter
Tianjin Univeristy, Tianjin
TJU_OSA@163.com

Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter
Tianjin Univeristy, Beijing
tsinghuauniversityosastudentchapter@osachapter.org

The Optical Society of UESTC
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu
uestc_osa@hotmail.com

OSA/SPIE XIOPM Student Chapter
Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Xi'an City
osa_xiopm@opt.ac.cn

OSA Xidian University Student Chapter
Xidian University, Xi'an
osaxidianu@163.com

OSA SC at Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
osa_zju@zju.edu.cn

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