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This is an activity involving scientific inquiry. Using a constructed Mystery Light Box, learners will observe what is in the box without removing the object from the box, shining a light into the box, or reaching hands into the box, and they will draw what they see. Next, they will brainstorm questions they would like answered about the light source in the Mystery Light Box and propose methods for obtaining information about the mystery object without being able to handle it or get close to it. This activity requires construction of the Mystery Box prior to doing the lesson. This activity is from the Stanford Solar Center's All About the Sun: Sun and Stars activity guide for Grades 5-8 and can also accompany the Stanford Solar Center's Build Your Own Spectroscope activity.
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