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    Community Science Workshop Network
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    In this activity, learners construct a device that projects images onto a surface, so they can trace landscapes and other sights. The cardboard box camera captures the images using a mirror, holder...

    $10 - $20 per student Ages 8 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    NASA
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    In this interdisciplinary activity, learners create a Space Weather Action Center (SWAC) to monitor solar storms and develop real SWAC news reports. Learners work in teams to first investigate...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 4 to 24 hours
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    The Exploratorium
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    Have you ever heard of a camera without a lens? In this activity, learners create a pinhole camera out of simple materials. They'll see the world in a whole new way: upside down and backwards!...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    Museum of Science, Boston
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    The goal of this Star Wars activity is to design and build a balancing device to help an Ewok escape the Imperial Forces by sliding down a tightrope to safety. Working in small teams, leaners work...

    $10 - $20 Ages 8 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    WGBH
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    In this optics activity, learners build an animation tool to make mini movies. When you spin a phenakistascope, the pictures move so quickly that your eyes and brain can't separate the images....

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 11 10 to 30 minutes
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    The Exploratorium
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    Light painting is a creative activity that involves creating striking images and illusions using a camera, a light source, and a little practice. Light paintings may be literal representations or...

    Over $20 per group Ages 11 - adult 45 to 60 minutes
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    American Museum of Natural History
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    In this activity, learners explore the gait of horses by constructing flipbooks with British photographer Eadweard Muybridge's famous photographs. Learners print out three flipbooks that...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    The Exploratorium
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    In this activity, learners make a photographic image—without a camera! Using sunlight, sun-print paper, and their hand or foot to block the light, learners create wonderful silhouette-like images...

    $5 - $10 per student Ages 6 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    The Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
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    In this activity, learners build a simple pinhole viewer. They use this apparatus to project images from a variety of light sources, including a candle, the Sun, and the Moon. Learners will use the...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 14 30 to 45 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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