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Investigating Light: Colors and Energy (Station approach)

Kit #P104-S02
Investigating Light: Colors and Energy (Station approach)

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.

Details at a Glance

  • 4-8 Days | 4-8 ~50 minute class periods
  • 4 Activities
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 1 group of 4 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Investigating Light: Colors and Energy (Station approach)

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Scientific Concepts

• The ability to design and conduct a scientific investigation
• The ability to use appropriate scientific tools
• The ability to use evidence to develop explanations and models
• The ability to link evidence and explanations
• The ability to use mathematics in scientific inquiry
• Energy is a property of many substances and is transferred in many ways.
• Light interacts with matter by transmission, absorption, reflection, refraction
or scattering.
• The sun’s energy (indeed light from sources all around us), has a range of
•Scientific inquiry involves evaluating and reviewing scientific ideas and processes.

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher's Guide
  • 1 Light station, LAB-AIDS®
  • 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
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Overhead projector, tape.