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Where is the Sun?
In this activity, learners verify that the Sun appears in a different location at a specific time every day of the year with one exception: on the Equinoxes.
Seeing Your RetinaAdd to list Details
In this quick optics activity, learners use a dim point of light (a disassembled Mini MagLite and dowel set-up) to cast a shadow of the blood supply in their retina onto the retina itself.
Why Does the Moon Have Phases?
In this activity, learners use a simple 3D model to discover why the Moon has phases.
Shadow PuppetsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will create their own simple shadow puppets, and experiment with light and shadow while playing with them.
DIY SunprintsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will see how UV light affects colors over time by making their own sunprint on construction paper.
Standing in the Shadow of Earth
This fun and simple hands-on astronomy activity demonstrates the shadow of the Earth as it rises as a dark blue shadow above the eastern horizon.
Equatorial SundialAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners make an equatorial sundial, which is simple to construct and teaches fundamental astronomical concepts. Learners use the provided template and a straw to build the sundial.
If you have lights, cardboard, scissors, and some brass fasteners, you can make shadow puppets! Create a story-telling and design challenge for your learners with this simple and creative activity.
Light is Made of Colors
Learners observe different light sources, outdoors and indoors, using prism glasses (diffraction glasses) and color filters.
Learners construct one or more of the following kinds of sundials: a shadow plot, a horizontal sundial, and a diptych sundial.
Shadow PlayAdd to list Details
In this three part activity, learners explore and experiment with shadows to learn about the Sun's relative motion in the sky.
In this activity, learners explore color, light and shadow by creating their own puppets to hold in front of a light source.
In this activity, learners explore light and shadows by creating a lantern they can keep on their nightstand.
Seasons and Shadows: Investigate How Shadows Shift Throughout the YearAdd to list Details
In this activity you'll see how the sun's tilt on its axis changes the length of shadows. For example, why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer?
In this sunny day, outdoor activity, learners observe changes in shadows over time. The activity also helps to develop a sense of the Earth's motion.
Colored ShadowsAdd to list Details
In this optics activity, learners discover that not all shadows are black. Learners explore human color perception by using colored lights to make additive color mixtures.
Exploring Earth: Bear’s ShadowAdd to list Details
“Exploring Earth: Bear’s Shadow” is a hands-on activity designed primarily for young visitors and their families. Participants move a flashlight around an object to make and experiment with shadows.
Exploring the Solar System: Solar EclipseAdd to list Details
Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse” is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse.