Infrared Webcam Hack - Using infrared light to observe the world in a new way | Teach with space P15

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Languages: English, Czech

Subjects: Physics, Geography |

This set of three activities will enable students to understand the electromagnetic spectrum and observe infrared radiation through the modification of a cheap webcam. It will enable discussion of how infrared radiation can be used to obtain information that is not accessible using visible light. Students will also analyse satellite images to understand why it is useful to “see” in infrared light. With the true colour and false colour satellite images, students will understand how infrared light can be used to monitor the health of vegetation. 

Format: Teacher’s guide and student worksheets
Age range: 12 – 16 years old
Keywords: Earth observation, Infrared light, Satellite imagery, Physics, Geography

Download: Infrared Webcam Hack

This classroom resource is part of a set of resources developed by ESA’s Education Office in collaboration with ESEROs to support the Climate Detectives project.

A demonstration video accompanies this resource, with visual instructions on how to hack the webcam.

Infrared webcam hack - using an infrared webcam to observe the world in a new way - classroom demonstration video, VC15.
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