Mining and Energy Engineering School | Vigo University
Energy Engineering | Mining and Energy Resources Engineering

POPULARIZATION

Popularization

 

The access to information in the field of Physics has become an easy and direct process after the arrival of the new Information and Communication Technologies. Their achievements are evident in our daily life comfort, increasing social development and creating the best conditions for innovation in the industry and in the economy. However, this huge resource of knowledge does not raise the interest or receives recognition of society in general or of the student s in particular, as it is show by the different studies made at a national and an international level.

One of the objectives of the content of this page is to raise curiosity and involve the citizens in general in the concepts, laws and principles of Physics by means of activities of popularization and dissemination of culture in experimental content documented by students of our subjects with a rigorous but accessible language. Complemented by a selection of additional material which helps to understand the processes and induce to create new knowledge for self-exploration, performing activities which enable to tackle and solve problems centered on Physics.

This kind of activities have their origin partially in the scientific museums where the visitors experiment excitement, interest and motivation to know; they recover, value and use concepts, explanations, arguments, models and facts related with Physics; they manipulate and observe daily world phenomena; and participate in collective leaning activities using the appropriate tools and language. In a experience in which the personal, social and physical contexts of the participants intervene to create a unique and individual experience.

At the same time as doing the effort of exporting this learning by doing philosophy to the realm of formal learning, this page also pretends to projects its diffusion further by facilitating the interpretation of the physical content carried out by our students to their families, their fellow students and the public in general. We trust that this popularization task becomes a continuous source of inspiration and useful information and also that it can become a source of new learning in or out of school.