Using Mysteries of Magic to Engage Students in the Learning Process

Blasco Contreras, Fernando and Duran, Miquel and Simon, Silvia (2016). Using Mysteries of Magic to Engage Students in the Learning Process. In: "IX International Ikasnabar Congress, XI International Guide-2016 Conference=IX Congreso Internacional Ikasnabar, XI Conferenecia Internacional Guide 2016=Ikasnabar Guide 2016 Nazioarteko Biltzarreko Aktak", 20 al 24 Junio 2016, Collado-Villalba. pp. 196-214.

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Title: Using Mysteries of Magic to Engage Students in the Learning Process
Author/s:
  • Blasco Contreras, Fernando
  • Duran, Miquel
  • Simon, Silvia
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: IX International Ikasnabar Congress, XI International Guide-2016 Conference=IX Congreso Internacional Ikasnabar, XI Conferenecia Internacional Guide 2016=Ikasnabar Guide 2016 Nazioarteko Biltzarreko Aktak
Event Dates: 20 al 24 Junio 2016
Event Location: Collado-Villalba
Title of Book: Proceedings of Ikasnabar-Guide 2016 International Conference=Actas del Congreso Internacional Ikasnabar-Guide 2016=Ikasnabar-Guide 2016 Nazioarteko Biltzarreko Aktak
Date: June 2016
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: juegos, magia, educación.
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural (UPM)
Department: Matemática Aplicada
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Using games in education has been identified as a powerful tool. If we combine playing with the interest induced by the unknown we are able to get even more surprising results. Our proposal shows some activities designed and developed having those two principles in mind. Moreover, we add another important element: multidisciplinarity. Our project 'From the Science of Magic to the Magic of Science' (#magsci) uses magic tricks to present key concepts in Science. It deals with different formats: lectures and workshops in schools, non formal education in museums and civic centers, the theoretical study of the interphase between magic, science and education, the Mooc 'Magic, Science and avowable secrets" (#magcimooc) as well as some magic tricks designed to learn Science through apps and web pages. Presenting 'mysteries' and puzzles with everyday objects (bank notes, calendars, food, ...) allows us to create an atmosphere that induces the student to be eager to know the secret behind those prodigies. We have developed activities for 'The Magic of the Periodic Table' and 'The Magic of Food'. We will include practical examples.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainFCT-14-9228UnspecifiedFernando Blasco y Miquel DuranUnspecified
Government of SpainFCT-15-10607UnspecifiedFernando Blasco y Miquel DuranUnspecified

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Item ID: 48825
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/48825/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:48825
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 21 Dec 2017 08:45
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 08:45
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