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Science Experiment – Line Up the Light!

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A science experiment which explores how light travels.

Light comes from a source like a lamp or the sun, but we can block it by putting something between it and our eyes. The fact that we can block light tells us something about how it travels. Let’s investigate!

Use this Science experiment when exploring the physical science of light.

Students follow the scientific method to conduct the experiment in small groups, and they then complete the worksheet provided.


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Light Vocabulary

straight line visible spectrum light source
light beam reflect
torch opaque shine
shadow absorption sun
concave convex lens prism
refraction reflection watt
shade translucent daylight
joule transparent crest
trough wavelength frequency
law of reflection plane mirror natural light
transmit nanometres absorb
lens magnetic diffraction
cornea pupil iris
concave lens convex mirror concave mirror
retina rod cone
pigment particles direction
penumbra photon ray umbra
ultraviolet polarisation wave
electromagnetic spectrum light-year infrared
electromagnetic wave particle-wave theory
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  • Layla

    child friendly

    Comment by Layla on September 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm


    • Paul (Teach Starter) Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Layla,

      I hope your students enjoy working scientifically with this experiment! Thank you for your comment!

      Paul.

      Official comment by Paul (Teach Starter) on September 17, 2018 at 8:36 am


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