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Build a Telescope Kits

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Build a Telescope Laboratory Kit for astronomy and space science, learn how a telescope works and build two types of simple telescopes. Determine how lens combinations work.

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Students learn how a telescope works. Students build two different types of simple telescopes—an astronomical and a terrestrial telescope—each with a magnification of 5X. They then experiment with the different telescope designs and determine how the lens combination in each telescope works to magnify an object’s image.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
MS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
HS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-2. Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.