Light Quest

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Learners test their "light-smarts" by playing a game called "Light Quest!" The game board represents an atom and each player represents an electron that has been bumped into the atom's outer unstable orbit. Learners answer trivia questions about light to circle the outer orbit and jump back into the inner, stable orbit. The first player to make it around the game board pops back into the stable orbit, emits light from the atom, and wins! Activity also has links to information about Albert Einstein's discovery of the photoelectric effect for which he won a Nobel Prize.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • game board
  • trivia cards
  • scissors
  • tape
  • electron game pieces for 2-4 players (such as different coins or rocks)
  • one die
  • index cards and pens to make your own trivia cards


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Diffraction and Interference
    • Light and Optics
      • Electromagnetic Spectrum
      • Reflection and Refraction
      • Sunlight and Color
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Ology


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