The magic of light

This set of eight enquiry-based activities aimed at 8-10 year olds allows pupils to study light and colour using spectroscopes and colour wheels. Pupils work individually or in groups to build a spectroscope that can be used to look at light sources. They look at the composition of white light and how complex colours are made up of combinations of the three basic colours (red, green and blue). They can then make their own complex colours by mixing basic colours in a colour wheel, and can make white light with a colour wheel containing all the colours of the rainbow.

This resource has been produced by the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Helen Schell

This is an excellent resource and could easily be developed into a collaborative STEAM project, including artists work, such as the impressionists and Op Art. This would make it more inclusive and appealing all the children.