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Light Quest


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    American Museum of Natural History

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Light Quest

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

Language:
English

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

Subjects


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

Informal Categories


  • Games

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • Ology

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, American Museum of Natural History,

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