The STEM Learning Place

There’s More to Light than Meets the Eye

Grade 5  Participants will be able to work in teams during the activities, thereby promoting an opportunity to network with fellow educators. The activities/lesson plans can be used immediately by participating grades K-8 educators in their classrooms and will include suggestions for integrating reading and mathematics. The lessons are aligned with National Science Standards and may easily be aligned with individual state standards or core content requirements.

Session Outline:
> Properties of Light
> Does light move in a straight line?
> Refraction/Reflection of Light Activities
> The Visible Spectrum
> Make (and take) a Spectroscope
> View a variety of gas emission tubes spectra
> Seeing & Hearing Light Beyond the Visible Spectrum (UV and IR Light)
> UV indicator beads
> See and “hear” infra-red light
> Satellites Collect Light to Explore the Universe
> Debriefing and connections to Hubble (HST)
> Herschel Space Observatory and STEREO/SOHO

While unmanned missions pave the way for the future of manned long-term space explorations, they also serve as important research opportunities that benefit mankind in a variety of ways, such as being the impetus to create new technologies and discoveries that allow us to improve healthcare or serving as a stimulus for engaging and motivating students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related coursework and careers. Both manned and unmanned explorations can offer opportunities for international cooperation (as is the case between ESA and NASA with the SOHO mission.) These unmanned missions allow us to explore and lay the groundwork for future manned missions by using probes, observatories and landers without risking human lives. The activities in this session offer connections with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Herschel Space Observatory and the STEREO/SOHO missions that help us to understand Earth’s relationship with the sun and how humans can live safe and healthy lives while being exposed to its radiation. The activities also allow participants to “see” our universe in a new way by using technologies developed and currently employed by these missions.

>  Grade 5
>  2 hours
>  Can be done at iSPACE or at your location

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