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Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Pattern disk
  • Scissors
  • A sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 (A4) white card stock (if card stock is not available or printer won't accept it, plain white paper can be used, but is slightly less satisfactory and durable; alternatively white copy paper can be used and then mounted on posterboard)
  • Black marking pen
  • Variable-speed electric drill (works well because it can be reversed)
  • Machine screw (e.g., #10-24, 3 in or 4 in length) plus two washers (e.g., SAE 10) and a wingnut (e.g., #10-24) to fit the machine screw, or you can use double-sided tape to attach your disk to your rotator


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception


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