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Build a Spectroscope from Household Materials

Item #: PF2088 

Price: $45.00

Engineering Design Challenge

In this lab experience, students are challenged to design and build a spectroscope using a diffraction grating and household materials. Students are challenged to create a working spectroscope to observe the color spectrum of visible light from household materials. Within this teacher support document you will find a full example of one way that the challenge can be conducted, along with leveled suggestions on how to adjust and tailor the challenge for your classroom.

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Safety: Before conducting the lab, review the safety precautions on the student page with the class. Then discuss any safety precautions that are specific to your science laboratory or classroom. Although the materials used for this lab are nonhazardous, practice all lab safety rules. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before leaving the laboratory.

Materials Included in Kit

Cardboard tubes, 10
Construction paper, black, 9”× 12” sheets, 2
Electrical tape, black, roll
Holographic diffraction grating, 2” × 4”

Hole punches, 3

Additional Materials Required
Ruler, Metric, Clear, 30 cm, 10
Scissors, 10