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In this activity, learners construct a device that allows them to look over ledges or around corners. Use this activity to introduce learners to concepts related to optics, mirrors and how submarines use periscopes to see above water. Note: this activity requires the use of a saw, not included in the cost of materials.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 craft sticks
  • 1 plastic bottle
  • 1 long and narrow piece of wood
  • 2 mirrors, small
  • 1 piece of heavy paper
  • glue
  • tape
  • saw
  • scissors


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Lenses and Mirrors
      • Reflection and Refraction
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop


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