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STEM Ed Hub: Design Resources

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Engineering design-based activities make learning science fun. Young engineers design dams, lifeguard chairs, musical instruments, candy bags, and much more. They also use measurement skills to solve the mystery of the missing pin. Each...
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Physics Lab Demo : Optics Light Box

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use a light box to experiment with light rays. The teacher uses prisms, convex, and concave lenses to refract light rays. Get your physics class excited about reflection and refraction by showing this video before you have them...
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Typical Numeric Questions for Physics I - Light and Optics

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Nineteen word problems dealing with frequency, speed, reflection, and refraction of light are provided here. Empower your physics masters to manipulate equations for computing angles, focal lengths, image heights, and more! This is a...
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Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Light and Quantum

For Students 9th - 12th
This is a stellar overview of everything light and quantum! There are 30 multiple choice questions, none of them requiring any mathematical computation. There are a few diagrams to analyze: light rays striking reflective and refractive...
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Study Jams! Light Absorption, Reflection, & Refraction

For Students 4th - 9th Standards
Zoe and RJ are trying to photograph an egret on a lake, but they are having trouble with the lighting. Reflection, refraction, and absorption are explored through their thoughtful dialogue so that your physical scientists are illuminated...
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Refraction of Light

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Don't shine like a diamond, refract light like a diamond. Young scientists use an acrylic block and a laser light to observe refraction. Advanced scholars figure the sine of the angles of reflection and incidence as well as mastering...
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Light - Stop Faking It!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
This well-designed presentation covers many important aspects of the science behind light. In it, pupils view slides that have a lot of the important vocabulary associated with science, slides of famous scientists who made important...
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Law Enforcement - Refraction

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils apply their knowledge of refraction to four different sets of challenges. Each of the first three focus on one variable's impact on the direction of bending. The fourth combines variables for greater challenge.
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Bill Nye The Science Guy on Light, Bending & Bouncing

For Students 6th - 10th
Beam me up, Bill! Explore how beams of light behave when they strike flat and curved surfaces. Bill bends light using a nifty contraption that streams three beams through a straight and a curved piece of plastic. He also defines and...
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Bending Light

For Students 2nd - 8th
Astound your aspiring physicists with a simple demonstration of refraction. They watch as you allow a stream of water to spray out of a hole in an aluminum can. Then, as you shine a light down from the top opening, its path follows and...
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Reflection and Refraction

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see. The lesson includes three experiments on light reflection, light refraction, projection, lenses, and optical systems. Each experiment builds off the ones before and encourages...
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Refraction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Refraction is the bending of light, changing its path. This phenomenon is caused by a change in the speed of the light waves. This video provides visual demonstrations of refraction through various media. It concludes by mentioning how...
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Physics 11.2.1a - Refraction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
All of the classic means of revealing refraction are employed in this interactive whiteboard presentation: a straw in a cup of water and light rays traveling through a piece of glass. On the drawing of light passing through glass, Derek...
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Light

For Teachers 8th - 12th
All aspects of the path of light are included in a great summary. Internal reflection and the angles of paths in different materials are explained and the behavior of visible light through lenses and the effect on focal points are...
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Physics 11.2.2b - Index of Refraction, Part 2

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part two of two video lessons on the index of refraction, these can be assigned for your physics class to watch at home as either an introduction or review of the index of refraction. In this segment, Derek Owens teaches how to calculate...
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Light

For Teachers 5th
Light is such a fascinating subject. This activity does a great job of illuminating the mysteries of light for your young scientists. A series of demonstrations which are explained in the plan should help your charges to understand how...
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Physics 11.2.2a - Index of Refraction, Part 1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part one of two video lessons on index of refraction, this video can be assigned for your physics class to watch at home as an introduction to or review of the material. This provides an expository introduction to this concept.
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Light Waves: Grades 9-12

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the behavior of light waves with a lab activity. Scholars build new vocabulary through experimentation and observation. Using different mediums, they model reflection, refraction, transmission, diffusion, and scattering of light.
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Bending Light

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Different colors of the spectrum travel at different speeds through media, causing them to refract at different angles—which allows humans to see their colors. Through a simulation, pupils see how air, water, and other media bend light....
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The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Light

For Teachers 9th - 12th
You could call this five presentations rolled into one resource! The first topic of concern is the characteristics of electromagnetic waves.The electromagnetic spectrum is examined next, followed by the behavior of light. Several slides...
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Light Waves: Grades 6-8

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the behavior of light with different materials. Collaborative groups determine whether certain materials absorb, reflect, diffract, or transmit light waves. They then measure the angle of incidence and angle of reflection.
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Light and Elements

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Here is a full-fledged investigation of light waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, and element spectra. Physicists research a scientist that contributed to our understanding of the behavior of light. They take notes on your lecture, and...
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Trick or Science: Catching the Light

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Your class might be surprised to learn that mirrors have been around since the first century AD! Young scientists explore reflection and refraction of light through a series of challenges. They use this knowledge to design their own...
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Soap Bubbles Science

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Keith Johnson, a famous bubble artist, is highlighted in this time-warp video. Johnson explains some basic laws of nature as he blows and forms bubbles. Bubbles act like prisms and refract light, they want to be spheres, they are wet and...

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