Grades: K – 2; Physical Science
In order to cast a shadow, three things are needed: a light source, an object to block the light, and a background for the shadow to land on. The first exhibit the students will visit, Recollections, demonstrates these three basic requirements for a shadow to be cast. At the Sophisticated Shadows exhibit, the Virtual Visit Explainer will experiment with shadows, showing the students that shadows can be enlarged and reduced in size.
While most people would describe a shadow's color as either "gray" or "black" at the Colored Shadows exhibit, the idea that shadows can actually be composed of many different colors will be explored. Before visiting the last exhibit, the students will try to guess what an object is by observing its shadow. At the concluding exhibit, Professor Pulfrich's Universe, the Virtual Visit Explainer will reinforce that objects will only cast a two-dimensional shadow and that shadows are capable of movement.
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Sophisticated Shadows is a one-session class, 45 minutes in length.
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