In this activity, students investigate how light energy can be manipulated, or changed, by different tools and devices to affect the things we see.
Prior to this lab activity, provide students with background information on light energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, absorption, reflection, refraction, and lenses.
Station One: Refraction
Materials: plastic/glass clear cup, pencil (pen, ruler, popsicle stick, etc.), water, lab sheet
Station Two: Reflection
Materials: flat mirror, mirror stand, colored pieces of paper, flashlight, drawing paper, pencils
Station Three: Prisms
Materials: prism, source of light (flashlight, window light, lamp, etc.)
Station Four: Absorption
Materials: black paper, white paper, light source
Station Five: Lenses
Materials: magnifying glasses, papers with small print and pictures
To print four boxes per page, open the file using Adobe Acrobat Reader and choose the option "multiple pages" on the print screen.
This activity is a part of a unit designed to address the following Next Generation Science Standards:
· energy may take different forms (MS-PS3-5)
· the transfer of energy can be tracked as it flows through a system (MS-PS3-3)
· make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents (4-PS3-2)
· develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials (MS-PS4-2)
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