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“The magic of Light" - Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Domingos - Guimarães - 30/1/17 and 1/2/17

ordemIn the scope of the professional internship of Joana Martins of the Master in Education - specialization in Adult Education and Community Intervention, to be developed in the Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Domingos - Guimarães under the supervision of Clara Costa Oliveira appears the project "Towards the inclusion of the elderly: an educational project with institutionalized elderly people". The main purpose is to promote the inclusion of the elderly in different social and community contexts - and at this point, the partnership with STOL-Science Through Our Lives (Alexandra Nobre) enables topics on "Science of everyday life". These themes will enable the elderly to understand various everyday phenomena for which they "had no explanation", and bring them closer to Science by undoing the idea that it is very complex. 

Session 2 and 3 - The magic of Light - This theme was organized in two sessions and used materials produced by Daniel Ribeiro and Sara Martins in the iLUX 2015 project (https: //stolscience.com/portfolio/ilux-2015/). In the first one were approached: the refraction of light; the decomposition of white light; the applications of black light (for example, the possibility of distinguishing false notes from true ones); the energy efficiency of incandescent, halogen and LED lamps; and finally, there was a moment of fireworks in which it was shown that the chemical elements present are responsible for the extraordinary colours. Finally, in order to prepare the second session of this activity, a photograph of a plant was shown and asked what would happen if it were closed in a dark box with only a small opening on one side. The question remained for reflection and was answered at the next session. In the second session we approached: photosynthesis, phototropism and the way the plants "dance" towards the Sun; he importance of the Sun for the synthesis of vitamin D by the skin and the pathologies associated with vitamin deficiency; the greening of the potato and the danger that constitutes its consumption for the human organism; bioluminescence; and finally, the realization that the shadows of objects give us different images depending on the perspective with which the objects are observed.

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