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In this activity, young learners will explore light and darkness through flashlight play.
Learners explore three-dimensional geometric frames including cubes and tetrahedrons, as they create bubble wands with pipe cleaners and drinking straws.
In this activity, learners discover that nanoparticles of gold can appear red, orange or even blue. They learn that a material can act differently when it’s nanometer-sized.
In this activity, learners create a simple “top” from a CD, marble and bottle cap, and use it as a spinning platform for a variety of illusion-generating patterns.
In this experiment, learners work in teams to investigate how the color of a surface influences its ability to reflect light and therefore heat.
In this activity, learners explore what happens when polarized white light passes through a sugar solution.
In this activity, a lightbulb is placed in front of a concave mirror. The actual lightbulb is not visible to the viewer, but the viewer can see the mirror image of the lightbulb formed in space.
In this art meets science activity, learners pack silver, ball-shaped ornaments in a single layer in a box to create an array of spherical reflectors.
In this activity, learners explore their eye pupils and how they change.
In this simple activity, learners investigate refraction by placing a picture of an arrow behind a glass of water.
In this optics activity, learners explore how many objects they can see in a set of mirrors (hinged like a book) at various angles.
In this activity, learners use an old CD to construct a spectroscope, a device that separates light into its component colors.
Learners demonstrate how water can distort, refract and magnify light.
In this activity, learners use simple materials to create giant bubbles.
In this activity, learners explore phosphorescence and how certain materials can absorb and store energy from a light source.
In this activity, learners observe what happens when they give a light source like a neon glow lamp a "Bronx Cheer." The lights appear to wiggle back and forth and flicker when learners blow air throu
In this activity, learners explore how nanosized structures can create brilliant color.
In this activity related to nanotechnology, learners observe some of the effects that result from creating a thin layer of material several nanometers thick.
In this activity, learners discuss and investigate how cameras, telescopes, and their own eyes use light in similar ways.