Light Incursion (Levels 5 & 6)

Theme: Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 5 & 6

Students will investigate the properties of light, including source, colour, reflection and refraction.

Activities

  • Discuss prior knowledge of light.
  • Explore an old overhead projector and the way it reflects and refracts light.
  • Observe the visible spectrum from different light sources through diffraction grating.
  • Classify materials as transparent, translucent, or opaque.
  • Explore the refraction of light with a “magic” coin.
  • Discuss speed of light through different mediums.
  • Investigate different methods of magnifying objects using glass, plastic and water.
  • Explore the use of lenses to project images and to understand how our eyes work.
  • Use mirrors to experience the rules governing the reflection of light.
  • Experiment with water fibre optics.
  • Test different materials with a simple photometer.
  • Use an electric motor to observe the spinning of coloured discs.

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