Light

All this talk about seeing the light... but, what is it, and how do we see it? Science students learn the basics of the nature of light in a narrated video that discusses concepts such as how light behaves, the electromagnetic spectrum, and how scientists use light to study objects in space that we can't physically examine.

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Instructional Ideas

  • The video is versatile and can be used as a part of a physical science unit or space exploration lesson
  • Perform flame tests on metal ions to show learners the colors they emit
Classroom Considerations

  • Some knowledge of atomic structure is helpful in viewing the resource
Pros

  • The video leads to many extension opportunities, including deep space research and spectroscopy
  • Animated sequences help to clarify features of the electromagnetic spectrum to promote understanding
Cons

  • None