Children love rainbows! Younger children enjoy seeing the array of color and learning the order of the color spectrum while older children are fascinated to learn more about the physics of light and color.
Our Rainbow-Scope Activity Kit allows children to make a spectroscope of their very own and includes everything you need. First, place one piece of the diffraction grating over one end of the tube. Then glue the custom die-cut foam pieces to each end. Look through the scope at any light source and see light separated into its component colors (also known as a rainbow!) Color the outside appropriately and there you have it, a rainbow-colored, Rainbow-scope! Older kids can view a variety of different light sources and compare and contrast the various color bands that are emitted.
Ages 4 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Introduce the important concepts of color and light to your participants.
- Understand why and how we can see color.
- Experiment with light using a prism.
- Create a Rainbow-Scope that will allow children to see "the rainbow."
- Materials for each participant to make a Rainbow-Scope -- Our custom-made Rainbow-Scope tubes, die-cut foam ends, diffraction film, and a card to color and wrap around a Rainbow-Scope for decoration.
- Tacky glue.
- A prism.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that provides instructors with everything they need to teach about light, color, and rainbows, plus a reproducible worksheet for your participants.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.1, NS.K-4.2, NS.5-8.2 Science as Inquiry, Physical Sciences.
Content Standard A: Abilities Necessary to do Scientific Inquiry (K-4)
Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
Content Standard B: Light, Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism (K-4)
Light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object. Light can be reflected by a mirror, refracted by a lens, or absorbed by the object.
Content Standard B: Transfer of Energy (5-8)
Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection). To see an object, light from that object—emitted by or scattered from it—must enter the eye.
Specific (California standards):
(1.4a) Draw pictures that portray some features of the thing being described.
(1.4b) Record observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements.
(2.4f) Use magnifiers or microscopes to observe and draw descriptions of small objects or small features of objects.
(3.2b) Students know light is reflected from mirrors and other surfaces.
(3.2c) Students know the color of light striking an object affects the way the object is seen.
(7.6e) Students know that white light is a mixture of many wavelengths (colors).
(7.6f) Students know light can be reflected, refracted, transmitted, and absorbed by matter.