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Explore the nature of light, perception, vision, waves and the electromagnetic spectrum. Apply what you have learned to explain how optical illusions work.
Major Concepts To Be Explored:
- How are the brain and nervous system responsible for perception?
- What are the properties of light and waves?
- How can the brain be “tricked” by illusions
- (4.P.3.2; 6.P.1.1; 6.P.1.2)
Goals of the Program:
- To introduce students to the properties of light and how we perceive light.
- To provide an opportunity for students to explore different illusions and hypothesize as to how and why they are effective.
Students will be able to:
- Explain the properties of light
- Explain how the eye and brain work together in perception
- Make a claim about how various illusions work
- Provide evidence that supports their claim.
Methods and Activities:
- A brief introduction will introduce students to the properties of light and how humans perceive light.
- Students will rotate through activity stations in which they will explore the properties of light and various illusions.
- Students will make a claim to explain how they believe the illusions work, providing evidence to support their claims.
Frequency, Amplitude, Wavelength, Reflect, Refract, Absorb, Cornea, Lens, Iris, Retina, Optic Nerve
- 5 tables for student activity stations.
- Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
- Access to electricity.
- Screen or whiteboard for projected materials.
- The ability to control light levels in the teaching space.
- Approximate set-up and clean-up time – 30 minutes before and after program.
- Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.
- Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.
Call to Book704.372.6261 x300
- Grades 4 - 6
- Duration: 50 minutes
$150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
- Maximum 25 students
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