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Modeling Eye Optics Laboratory Kits

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Modeling Eye Optics Laboratory Kit for physical science and physics, enjoy following in the footsteps of Descartes while simulating his "ox eye" experiment.

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Students will enjoy following in the footsteps of one of the first optometrists-Rene Descartes-as they simulate his “ox eye” experiment. This very effective experiment shows students how the eye's lens and eyeglasses function together to produce clear vision. Students build a model eye and use a light to project a real image of an object on the “retina” of the eye model. Nearsightedness and farsightedness can be simulated and then students experiment with corrective lenses to determine whether a convex or concave lens is needed to remedy the vision problem. A great experiment for both introductory and advanced-level students! An individual kit and a classroom set of four are available. Includes reproducible student handouts, teacher notes, and reusable lenses and eye models. Flashlights for each group are required, but not included in these kits. The Student Flashlight AP6767 is a very economical choice; requires two D-cell batteries.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-8: Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.