STEM into Action - Kaleidoscope

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STEM into Action with D&T
Ages 11-14
First published 2016

The kaleidoscope is an optical gadget that produces extraordinary reflective patterns in a tube containing mirrors. This resource contains a PowerPoint presentation and Word document that cover how kaleidoscopes can be made and used to help students understand the underlying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) needed to engage fully with the design context.
The resource covers how reflection, viewpoints, scale and the geometry of mirrors affects how light is perceived in the context of designing and making a kaleidoscope and a smart phone attachment.  

The STEM into Action D&T Key Resources were developed with support from Mayor of London.
These resources are not meant to be given to students without explanation. They are best used in short sessions which combine hands-on experimentation and creative tasks. Technical knowledge will be gained and secured through experimentation which can then be applied in a design context.
Kaleidoscope kits and many other STEM resources for schools can be purchased from the Mindsets web site:

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