The Science of Color
Art, Physics, Science
Description: During this project, students explore and demonstrate a wide range of science topics including reflection, refraction, cone cells, wave properties, friction, and inertia. This project includes six lessons. In the first lesson, students learn about the science behind rainbows and demonstrate refraction. In the second lesson, they learn how cone cells, wave properties, and the visible light spectrum allow us to see colors. The third lesson involves a light manipulation activity with prisms and the fourth lesson focuses on the physics behind spinning tops. The fifth lesson includes an activity with spinning tops and color combinations and in the sixth lesson students design and make a personalized spinning top using computer-aided design and 3D printing.
Distance Learning: This project includes an in-person learning and distance learning option. The in-person learning option requires a 3D printer to complete.
Standards: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and Florida CPALMS Standards for sixth grade through twelfth grade.
21st Century Skills: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Flexibility, Collaboration
Explain why rainbows appear as arcs.
Describe how cone cells help us see color.
Recognize properties of waves.
Use prisms to manipulate light.
Demonstrate how white light consists of all colors of the rainbow.
Recognize the physics behind spinning tops.
Combine colors to create other colors.
Create a computer-aided design.
Use and share makerspace equipment safely.