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An Eye on Optics

Lesson Focus 
The goal of this lesson is to provide students with an open-ended opportunity to explore and work with the materials, make and share observations, and build a foundational understanding of the relationship between gelatin shapes and light. Open-ended exploration encourages creativity and problem solving useful to meet the final challenge of designing a lens system to improve vision.

Age Levels:

10 - 14

Introduce students to:

  • Light
  • Lenses
  • Assistive vision technologies
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

Students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge of properties of light, lens shape to solve a problem related to human vision
  • Use Lab Equipment (lights, lenses etc.) to design a solution to a problem
  • Apply the scientific method and collect data to draw conclusions from evidence
  • Develop and document a repeatable process 
Lesson Activities 

Students explore the relationship between gelatin shapes and light and design a lens system to improve vision. 

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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