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Investigating Light: Colors and Energy (Station approach)

kit #P104-S02

Working at this station, students compare and contrast the effects of different combinations of colored filters and different combinations of colored light. Students then explore the energy contained in different colors of light in both pre-designed and self designed investigations. Four student activities will take a total of between four and eight 50-minute sessions to complete. The activities in this module (and in the related P104-S01, P104-S03, and P104-S04 modules) were originally part of longer units developed at the University of Kentucky. The station approach allows you to offer a variety of concurrent activities for different student groups.


This kit was written and designed by professors at the University of Kentucky.

  • Visible light contains one or more colors of the visible spectrum.
  • Different colors of light have different properties, including energy, and colors can be removed and combined to achieve different effects.
  • Ideal companion for Kits P104-S01, P104-S03, and P104-S04.

Content List in Investigating Light: Colors and Energy (Station approach) is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teacher's Guide
1 Light station, LAB-AIDSĀ®
1 Filter mask, three-color
1 Red filter mask
1 Blue filter mask
1 Light-blocking card
1 T-shaped beam blocker
1 Color stripe card
1 Luminescent paper sheet
1 Red and blue colored pencil
1 Square-frame diffraction grating
1 Positive rectangular Fresnel lens (C)
1 Lens holder, base
1 Fresnel lens holder, top
1 Red filter slide
1 Blue filter slide
1 Temperature-sensing sheet
1 Viewing screen
2 Viewing screen stands
2 Clips
2 Gray paper sheets
2 Puzzle cards
3 Mirrors
4 Mirror/Slide holders
Number of students
1 small group

To complete the activities in this four-activity kit requires four to eight ~50-minute class periods.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Investigating Light: Colors and Energy (Station approach) P104-S02 $184.95
Investigating Light: The Visible Spectrum (Station approach) P104-S01 $219.95
Investigating Light: Reflection and Mirrors (Station approach) P104-S03 $184.95
Investigating Light: Refraction and Lenses (Station approach) P104-S04 $184.95
Color and Spectrum Module (no light stations) P120 $952.60