ESA Education presents ‘The Magic of Light’, a new teaching resource for primary schools
A new teaching resource containing eight light-related activities is now available to download from the ESA website. Combining science with art, ‘The Magic of Light’ uses spectroscopes and colour wheels to allow pupils to explore how different colours of light can be produced and broken down. The resource, aimed at pupils aged between 8 and 12 years old, contains a teacher guide as well as a separate worksheet for the activities.
Pupils can improve their artistic abilities by building a light observation tool using a template provided and standard school equipment. With this they will be able to study which colours make up different natural and artificial light sources. Colour wheels can then be used to produce complex colours from basic ones, and to make the colour white using all the colours of the rainbow.
Spectroscopes and colour wheels are fun to make and play with wherever you are and however old you are! Try building them yourself or with children, and use them to examine different light sources and produce exciting new colours.