GEMS Students Learn Physics of Light in Art with Kaleidoscope’s

Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning.  FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

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GEMS 4th Grade students continued their STEM study on the Physics of Light in Art. They considered first a variety of store-bought and artist-made kaleidoscope’s. Each child then developed their own design using a square of paper.

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Students explored how the design changed as the number of reflections multiplied with the angle of the mirrors.

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Next the students constructed their own kaleidoscope using toilet paper rolls, mirrored paper, semi-opaque vellum, and duct tape.

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Using the windows as light boxes, the students traced mirror images of their names on paper and glued it on the tubes.

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They class enjoyed experiencing each others’ kaleidoscope’s. Each design was a beautiful surprise!

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