Telescoping Periscope

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Ahoy, matey! Here is an engineering expedition that mini mariners are sure to be swept away by! After reading a brief description and history of periscopes, they work in crews to construct one. Use this activity to enhance a activity on mirrors and reflection, as an enrichment when studying ocean navigation, or simply as intended: an engineering project.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
  • Detailed teacher's guide includes safety notes for working with younger children
  • Handouts contain colorful photographs and diagrams
  • Brings history into an engineering lesson
  • Addresses Next Generation Science Standards
  • Fosters teamwork and creative thinking
  • Although it is not the intent of the lesson, use it as an opportunity to teach about light, mirrors, lenses, and reflection