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    Optical Society of America
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    In this optics activity, learners create a ripple tank from household materials to study waves. Learners build the tank and then explore by making various types of waves. The ripple tank can be...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    Optical Society of America
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    In this optics activity, learners explore how light bends and affects what we see. Learners will examine and diagram a pencil that appears bent in a glass of water as well as oil that is sucked up...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 5 to 10 minutes
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    Optical Society of America
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    In this activity, learners explore how and why rainbows form by creating rainbows in a variety of ways using simple materials. Learners create rainbows indoors and outdoors. They also measure the...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 11 5 to 10 minutes
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    Discovery Education
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    In this activity, learners discover what happens when they crush wintergreen-flavored candies in a very dark room. Use this activity to demonstrate how a material's crystal structure affects...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 Under 5 minutes
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    TERC
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    In this math-based activity, learners model the intensity of light at various distances from a light source, and understand how astronomers measure the amount of sunlight that hits our planet and...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - adult 45 to 60 minutes
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    Hands-On Optics
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    In this activity, learners explore how mirrors reflect light and change the way we see things. Learners examine reflections of the letter "R", adjusting a pair of hinged mirrors until...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Discovery Education
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    In this activity, learners make optical fibers out of strips of gelatin. The boundary surface between the gelatin walls and air acts like a mirrored surface, reflecting the light as if it were...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 2 to 4 hours
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    Bridge: Online Ocean Science Education Resource Center
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    In this data collection and analysis activity, learners evaluate fish physiology and ecology using vision research data from Dr. Kerstin Fritsches at the University of Queensland in Brisbane,...

    free Ages 14 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    Boston Children's Museum
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    In this activity, learners will create their own simple shadow puppets, and experiment with light and shadow while playing with them. The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    Marbles Kids Museum
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    In this activity, learners will create an optical illusion top. Learners will explore color mixing, physics and design through this activity. Activity incudes step by step instructions with...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 4 - 14 10 to 30 minutes

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