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Hands-on Activity

Visibility of Light

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In this activity, students will learn about the nature of light, make predictions about and assess its ability to pass through various substances. Students will learn that the material of the object in the light's path will determine the light's ability to pass through it.
Topic: Light
Real World Science Topics:
  • An evaluation of the function and purpose of light and its ability to reflect through certain substances
  • A comparison of the translucency of certain substances and how each material determines light's ability to pass through it
  • An examination of the distance that light can travel and how light can be redirected from a mirror onto another substance
After completing this activity, students should be able to explain light's ability to travel at varying distances. They will be able to discuss the fact that light's ability to pass through an object depends on the material of that object. Lastly, they should be able to describe how shining a light on a mirror can affect the direction of the light.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 1 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.



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