Seeing Beyond the Visible
This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Silicon-based sensors detect photons that we ourselves cannot, and so provide a real extension to our senses. The booklet looks at these sensors and imaging software and how they can be used to obtain and manipulate infrared and visible images, and provides an accessible overview of the theory behind imaging. The activities can be used when introducing the electromagnetic spectrum, discussing colours, or talking about the role of measurement in providing an account of how science works.
The Seeing Beyond the Visible booklet contains an illustrated overview of the topic with suggestions for teachers on how to introduce the ideas in the classroom, plus student activity sheets and notes for teachers and technicians.
The downloadable resources include:
• Student activities: zip files containing the activity sheets in PDF and editable Word formats.
• PowerPoint presentations: these contain a complete set of the images used in the booklet and activity sheets.
• Further resources include sample image files and guidance on using image analysis software.
The ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ publications are supported by low-cost practical resources available from Mindsets:
* SEP publications and resources from Mindsets
* Practical resources for Seeing Beyond the Visible
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