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Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond

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Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond

In this activity, learners investigate how geometry plays a role in perspective. The lesson begins with a demonstration, in which learners of the same height stand side by side near the end of a hall. Learners measure the height of the learners at the end of hall, including the difference in the height when one of the learners steps backward. Next, learners construct a distorted room model and explore perspective when they place two same-sized figures inside the model.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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