# Light vs. Sound Waves Lab Stations Activity

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SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:

Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency

Narrative Station to build science literacy

Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding

Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design

Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Sound vs. Light Waves Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives

1. Compare and contrast light and sound wave properties.

2. Analyze data so to compare the speed of sound and light waves and how the speed of sound and light waves changes in different mediums.

3. Analyze data so to explain how changes in the properties of a light and sound wave impact the energy carried by the waves.

4. Discuss how changing the amplitude and frequency of light and sound waves impacts observable features of the waves.

5. Evaluate solutions (fiber optic cables) that use light waves to communicate sound waves across long distances.

Science Skills Station

Students will study the speed of light and sound waves at this station. Students will complete a graphing activity to study how the speed of a light wave and sound wave is impacted by the density through which the wave travels. Students will complete a second activity to compare the speed of sound and light wave. They will apply the information in this activity to explain the observation of thunder and lightning.

Narrative Station

Students will read about light and sound waves and use information in the passage to compare the properties of light and sound waves. Students will be provided with graphs to explain how changes in the properties of light and sound waves impact the energy carried by the waves. They will also use graphics to explain how changes in the frequency and amplitude of light and sound waves impact their observable features.

Assessment Station

At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas about sound and light waves. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station

Students will evaluate the use of light waves (electromagnetic waves) in the communication of sound waves. Specifically, students will study the engineering of telecommunication technologies that allow individuals who are thousands of miles apart to speak with each other. Students will also consider how modern communication would be impacted without these technologies and scientific and economic limitations to improving aspects of these technologies.

Synthesis/Summary Project

Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS

This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements NGSS concepts. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

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• Student recording sheets

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