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Structure of Matter: Pigment vs. Iridescence


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Structure of Matter: Pigment vs. Iridescence

This is an activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) about how visible light is affected by tiny nanoscale structures, producing iridescence on butterfly wings, soap bubbles, etc. Learners will break into groups and gather observations at three stations (bubbles, feathers, colored candies) to learn more about iridescent color versus pigment. Also relates to linked video, DragonflyTV Nano: Butterfly Wings.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin
  • 4 tablespoons dishwashing soap
  • container for bubble solution
  • bubble hoop (or wire coat hanger)
  • black background
  • white piece of paper
  • bubble blowing tools (tea strainer, wands, pipe cleaners, etc.)
  • peacock feathers (from a craft store)
  • other bird feathers
  • water
  • dropper
  • multicolored M&M’s
  • shoebox
  • scissors
  • colored cellophane (from a party store) or large multicolored holiday lights

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Reflection and Refraction
      • Sunlight and Color
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
      • Diffraction and Interference
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., 2008

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 741749

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