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Ask an Educator: Tinkering with Light and Shadow

Join Science World educators and teachers across B.C. for weekly sessions about STEAM learning and teaching.

About this Event

STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art & design, and math

In these weekly sessions we'll share resources, ideas, and find answers to questions.

This week: Tinkering with Light and Shadow

In this workshop, educators will learn how to offer challenges and prompts for their students to tinker with and explore light and shadow using simple materials. We’ll discuss how to incorporate topics like the properties of light and how it interacts with different objects. What will your students’ light and shadow explorations look like?

(Recommended for educators of grades K – 6)

What is “tinkering”?

Tinkering is mindful messing about with tools and materials, with the goal of finding out their possibilities and limitations. When we tinker, we learn about scientific topics, make new things from existing parts, solve problems, and learn by making mistakes.

Suggested materials for the session:

  • A room that can be darkened
  • A flashlight or light source that can be directed
  • Transparent and/or translucent objects, coloured or clear, like plastic cups, bottles filled with food colouring, coloured acetate/film, etc.
  • Reflective objects, like tin foil, CDs, small mirrors, kitchen utensils, etc.
  • Solid objects that can block light and create interesting shadows, like toys, scissors, utensils, a kitchen strainer, shapes cut from paper, etc.
  • Optional – a large cardboard box lined with white paper on the inside

This session will be held on Zoom. Meeting details will be emailed upon registration.

This program is a part of Tech-Up, Science World's initiative to enhance existing programs to include coding and computational thinking.