We try to avoid buying specialty items, using household items and shopping when we can in dollar stores and on eBay. Shopping tips are in the teacher notes. Some of the activities were demonstrated by participants in the PHOTON Projects of the New England Board of Higher Education. We also adapt materials we find on the web, in books and at workshops.
We’ve assembled activities into lessons of about 1-2 hours duration, aimed at 10-12 year olds (USA 4th–6th grade). A few of the activities have been used with high school and even college students, both in class and as part of an online home-lab course (requiring mathematics and deeper analysis, of course).
This project was supported by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. The videos of the PHOTON Explorations were funded by a grant from OSA, the Optical Society. Spanish translations were provided by the amazing outreach team of the Departamento de Física of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Léon, Mexico.
SEEING COLOR – EYES AND ART – A STEAM* Activity
POLARIZED LIGHT ART – A STEAM* Activity
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – and Art