Photons in the Radiative Zone: Which Way Is Out? An A-Maz-ing Model

Can you move like a photon? Young scholars use a maze to reproduce the straight line motion of a photon. The second in a six-part series of lessons on the sun has learners measure angle of incidence and refraction to determine the path of the photon until time expires or it finds its way out of the maze.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use tape to create the maze on the floor of the classroom
  • Begin with a presentation on photons and their movements
Classroom Considerations

  • Allow time to gather and prepare necessary materials
Pros

  • Includes alternative options for modeling the movement of the photon
  • Provides a detailed teacher's guide to help in planning the lesson
Cons

  • None