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Using three flashlights and sheets of red, blue and green cellophane, students demonstrate that white light is composed of colored light of different wavelengths. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA Why Files:... (View More)

In this demonstration, students learn how fiber optics work by observing a model using gelatin and observing how the internal reflection of light allows light to bend within the system. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the... (View More)

In this demonstration, a flashlight, mirror, water and a plastic shoebox are used to refract light into its component wavelengths, seen as colors of the visible spectrum. Students create a drawing of the sequence of colors in the rainbow. The... (View More)

In this demonstration, students see how the different wavelengths of the visible light spectrum combine to make white light. Student cut circles out of poster board, color sections red, orange, yellow, blue, green and violet, suspend it in the air... (View More)

In this demonstration of the properties of light, two small mirrors and a dime are used to show students understand how optical illusions can be created. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA Why Files: The Case of... (View More)

Keywords: Magic tricks

This classroom demonstration employs a jar, milk and a flashlight as a model system to demonstrate that light maintains its direction of motion until it interacts with an object or substance, and how atmospheric aerosols scatter light. The resource... (View More)

In this activity, students demonstrate the relationship between wave frequency and energy in the electromagnetic spectrum by shaking a rope to identify the relationships. This activity is part of Unit 2 in the Space Based Astronomy guide that... (View More)

This is an activity about wavelength and frequency. Using a 30 to 50 foot rope and two volunteers, learners will observe as one end of the rope is shaken and wavelength patterns are created. They will estimate the wavelength, the distance between... (View More)

This is an activity about light and its component colors. Learners will observe a photograph of a rainbow and make observations about what they see in the photo. Next, they will observe a rainbow spectrum and draw the rainbow using crayons. Finally,... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school

In this experiential activity, students demonstrate to themselves the effect of the optic disc, or blind spot, inherent to the optic nerve entering the posterior of the eye (bulbus oculi). This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student