Eyes On Optics Kit – A Gelatin Optics Engineering Project
Using plain Knox gelatin and several lens makers lab tools, students get a hands-on experience molding, cutting, combining and testing various concave and convex lenses to solve a vision problem!
Eyes on Optics Kit for Grades 6-12
Not your ordinary Gelatin Optics Kit! Teach and learn about the fascinating science of vision with this optical engineering project. Using plain Knox gelatin and several lens makers lab tools, students get a hands on experience molding, cutting, combining and testing various concave and convex lenses to solve a vision problem! Learn about light, vision, refraction and magnification with this fun and easy to use optical engineering kit. Students use the engineering process and scientific method with this optics kit as they work their way through the 20 page, full color guide to this gelatin optics experiment and project.
Eyes on Optics Kit – A Gelatin Optics Engineering Project comes with
- A set of Light Blox LED’s in blue, red and green
- A silicone mold for molding concave, convex and semi spherical lenses
- A set of circular lens cutters for creating various sizes and shapes of lenses
- A package of Knox plain gelatin for making
- A full color, 20pg booklet with step by step, easy to follow instructions
Optional 6 Lesson IEEE Optical Engineering Unit
Laser Classroom has collaborated with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s Try Engineering team to create a 6 lesson Optical Engineering Unit to go with the Eyes on Optics Kit!
The goal of the unit is to provide students with an open-ended opportunity to explore and work with the materials, make and share observations, and build a foundational understanding of the relationship between gelatin shapes and light. Open-ended exploration encourages creativity and problem solving useful to meet the final challenge of designing a lens system to improve vision.
- PS4.B Electromagnetic Radiation (MS-PS4-2) The path of light can be traced as straight lines, except at surfaces between different transparent materials (e.g., air and water, air and glass) where the light path bends between media.
- ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems (MS-ETS1-1) The more precisely a design task’s criteria anc constraints can be defined, the more likely it is that the designed solution will be successful. Specification of constraints includes consideration of scientific principles and other relevant knowledge that are likely to limit possible solutions.
- ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions (MS-ETS-4) A solution needs to be tested, and then modified on the basis of the test results in order to improve it.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
- Define a design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process or system and includes multiple criteria and constraints, including scientific knowledge that may limit possible solutions (MS-ETS1-1)
- Develop and use a model to describe phenomena (MS-PS4-2)
- Analyze and interpret data to determine similarities and differences in findings (MS-ETS1-3)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts – structure and function
- Structures can be designed to serve particular functions by taking into account properties of different materials and how materials can be shaped and used (MS-PSR-2)
- Structures can be designed to serve particular functions