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    New York Hall of Science
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    Design and create an optical illusion toy that makes two pictures appear to become one. This is called a thaumatrope and will allow the learner to investigate the phenomenon of persistence of...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 11 10 to 30 minutes
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    Community Science Workshop Network
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    In this activity (posted on April 18, 2011), learners follow the steps to construct a zoetrope, a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures, using a 16...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    The Exploratorium
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    In this activity about light and perception, learners create pictures in thin air. Using a simple set up of a slide projector, slide, moveable screen or poster board, and a "wand",...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    Community Science Workshop Network
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    In this activity (posted on March 20, 2011), learners follow the steps to construct a stroboscope, a device that exploits the persistence of vision to make moving objects appear slow or stationary....

    $5 - $10 per student Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    The Exploratorium
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    If you had a long tube with a 5 millimeter wide slit, would you see the entire Golden Gate Bridge? Of course not, but if you moved that slit back and forth rapidly, you might see how your brain...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 14 Under 5 minutes
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    Community Science Workshop Network
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    In this activity, learners construct three optical illusion toys to examine how our brains play tricks on what we see. Learners use simple materials to build a Circle Spinner, Thaumatrope, and...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    Community Science Workshop Network
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    In this activity (posted on March 27, 2011), learners follow the steps to construct a mini zoetrope, a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures. First,...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    WGBH
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    In this activity, learners make an optical illusion toy from the 1800s to explore persistence of vision. When you spin the Thaumatrope, the pictures move so quickly that your eyes and brain can&...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 11 5 to 10 minutes