Light Fantastic!

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Welcome to the Museum Express Light Fantastic show!  It’s illuminating…and enlightening and well - quite brilliant! 

Age: Primary: Yrs 4-6
Program Length: 30-45 minutes
Audience: Up to 120 students

Program overview

Students will:

  • Learn about light in the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Be introduced to visible and invisible light
  • Explore different ways to generate light
  • Be given their own diffraction grating to split light into its constituent colours
  • Learn of the different things light can do
  • Generate electricity
  • Transmit information
  • Develop their scientific skills of: Enquiry, Prediction, Observation, Explanation. 

Requirements

  • 2x power outlets
  • Access to a water tap and sink
  • Space requirements: 3m x 3m.

Curriculum links

Formal ACS substrands

Chemical, physical, earth and space science

Links with Overarching Ideas

  • Matter and Energy  - Light as a form of energy. Chemical reactions produce heat and light, Transformation of energy from electricity to light. Light can transmit information.
  • Scale and measurement - Measurement of speed, colour temperature
  • Patterns order and organisation – different colours of light, arranged in terms of energy
  • Earth and space sciences – size of the universe, speed of Earth’s motion through galaxy

Curriculum sections

  • Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)
  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020)
  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083).

NSW Curriculum Outcomes: ST2-1VA, ST3-1VA, ST2-4WS, ST3-4WS, ST2-6PW, ST2-7PW, ST3-6PW, ST3-7PW, ST2-13MW, ST3-12MW, ST3-13MW

Extensions

There are heaps of exciting things students and teachers can do with light following this show!  Here are some suggestions:

In class and at home

Learn about light at Newcastle Museum

There are a whole lot of related things to check out at Newcastle Museum.

  • Can you throw faster than the speed limit?  Test your arm against the Doppler speed camera in Supernova…
  • Did you know that one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of light globes was based in Newcastle? Learn about ELMA – one of Newcastle’s biggest employers and see some of the massive light globes they made.
  • Are you the centre of your universe? See the planets orbit the sun with a replica 18th Century orrery.
  • See how light from the sun and stars lets us find our direction with the Museum’s collection of a sextant, octant and telescope.
  • See a Jacobs Ladder throw off sparks, learn about magnetic fields, electricity, light and heaps more at Supernova.

Did you know?

  • Light from the Sun takes eight minutes to reach the Earth!
  • Bees can see in the UV!
  • The internet is largely communicated across the world in optic-fibres with infrared light!