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  • Project: Light and Optics: Building the impossible kaleidoscope
    In this section we will build a toy called the Polariscope. As you can see from the above photograph, the Polariscope makes patterns of beautiful colors, somewhat like a kaleidoscope, but by an entirely different mechanism. Learn more in this lesson project by Sci-toys. https://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/light/polariscope.html
  • Science Snack: Rotating Light
    White light is made up of all the colors in the rainbow. When polarized white light passes through a sugar solution, each color’s direction of polarization is changed by a different amount. The colors change as the depth of the solution changes or as the polarizing filter is rotated. Try it yourself in this activity from the Exploratorium. https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/rotating-light
  • Video: How To Make Polarized Art With Household Items
    Easy instructional video on how to make a polarized light mosaic out of everyday items. Great project to do at home or for students learning about light polarization.
  • Activity: Twisting light
    How does a third polarizer make light pass through crossed polarizers? Find out in this activity from Cienascao. https://www.sciensation.org/hands-on_experiments/e5087p_twistingLight.html
  • Arduino Project: Project Hub. 107 Arduino projects for kids
    How can you adapt one of these tutorials to make something around the topic of Pollinators?
  • Article: Monitoring Solitary Bees Using Open Technology
    “Bees in the Backyard” is a citizen science technology project to investigate the nesting behavior of Mason bees, by Mike Teachman, amateur bee enthusiast and Paul Perrault senior field applications engineer.
  • Experiment: Designer Ears Make “better” ears!
    Why do animals’ ears look different from yours? What would life be like if your ears were shaped differently? Make new ears for yourself and find out. Try out this quick activity to prototype an idea.
  • Lesson plan: How mimicking nature inspires new inventions
    When you think of nature and the 3.8 billion year-long process of evolution, do robots come to mind? How about robots designed to have a flea’s powerful legs? Or Japanese bullet trains inspired by the Kingfisher? In this NewsHour lesson, students will learn about biomimicry — an innovative method in which nature inspires new inventions to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Students will design their own invention using biomimicry to address an issue in their school, home or community. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/lesson-plan-design-a-nature-inspired-invention-to-solve-a-human-problem/
  • Project: Arduino breath-controlled digital windmill project
     Imagine how you might adapt this project to the theme of pollinators, bats and biodiversity loss.
  • Project: Invisible Art- Mosaics, Polarized Light, and 3D Glasses
    This simple project capitalizes on the ability of certain materials that not only polarize light but twist it, and of 3D glasses to see that light as various colors. https://www.instructables.com/id/Invisible-Art-Mosaics-Polarized-Light-and-3D-Glass/
  • Project: Locating the Sun by Polarizing Sunglasses
    Anti-glare polarizing sunglasses reduce ground reflected polarized rays. They can be used to locate the Sun even when it is hidden from view by clouds or by the horizon. In this way, they can even do the main task of "sky compass" and similar instruments. Find out how to make it yourself in this project by Industructables.
  • Project: Plotly-Arduino-Data-Visualization
    The purpose of this instructable is to demonstrate how to hook up an Arduino + Ethernet Shield and send data to Plot.ly's Servers and make beautiful graphs. We will be using a dual temperature+humidity sensor (DHT22), and sending the results directly to Plotly.
  • Project: Polariscope
    This is a quick 'n dirty way of building a cheap polariscope. https://www.instructables.com/id/Polariscope/
  • Project: Polarized-Light Mosaic
    Using transparent tape and polarizing material, you can make and project beautifully colored patterns reminiscent of abstract or geometric stained-glass windows. Rotating the polarizer as you view the patterns makes the colors change. https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/polarized-light-mosaic
  • Project: Polarizing Cellophane Tape
    This special cellophane tape exhibits brilliant colors when placed between two polarizing filters. When one filter is rotated, the colors change. Beautiful cellophane images can be produced which can only be seen when placed between two polarizing filters.
  • Project: Shadows and Time
    This simple activity visually records the movement of the sun and the shadow it casts during various times in the day. Do it yourself with this simple activity by Make it Your Own. http://make-it-your-own.com/shadows-time/
  • Project: Spy Tech- Polarized Hidden Messages
    We all know sunglasses make any spy look cool, but these will let you see secret messages! This secret message project uses polarized film (technically a linear absorptive polarizer) to make our message hidden. To see the message you either have to look through a second piece of film, or put on a pair of polarized sunglasses.
  • Project: Use Polarizing Film to Locate the Sun on Overcast Days
    Use Polarizing Film to Locate the Sun on Overcast Days Vikings may have navigated using a sunstone. Find out more about the science and how to make your own in this Make:Project from Make Magazine.
  • Student Example: Kaleidoscope
    The kaleidoscope consists of two polarized filters on top of each other. By rotating the filters the colors and composition changes because of the polarization. See this student’s example. https://www.behance.net/gallery/14306539/Kaleidoscope
  • Tutorial: Ultrasonic Sensor HC-SR04 and Arduino Tutorial
    In this Arduino Tutorial we will learn how the HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor works and how to use it with the Arduino Board.
  • Video: 10 Ultrasonic Sensor Projects
    This video is about 10 Ultrasonic Sensor Projects you can make yourself.
  • Video: Art With Polarization
    In this project we will make beautiful pieces of art that can change their colour when you move them. We do this by using the phenomenon called polarisation - this is a property that light waves exhibit. So, in the end, you will not only use your creativity but also learn something about the physics of light! Besides, you will use a laser cutter, a 3D printer and many of the other handy tools provided in a Fab Lab. https://www.instructables.com/id/Art-With-Polarization-light-phablabs/
  • Video: Linear Parabolic Solar Reflectors- A Practical Experiment for Students
    The BioSTEAM artist, Ana MacArthur, chose a parabolic shape for the site specific installation, Pollinator Concentrator. In this practical activity/experiment, learn about parabolas, make a parabolic solar reflector, and then investigate its ability to focus sunlight.
  • VIDEO: UV Light - Demos & Experiments - AAPT Films
    Experiments on Ultraviolet Light and Fluorescence are performed by James Lincoln for the AAPT Films Project. Also explained are the three colors of UV and phosphorescence.
  • Video: Wonderful experiment with polarized light
    This video is about simple experiment with polarized light. All you need is polarized glasses (for 3D films) and LCD monitor as source of polarized light. Take some transparent plastic things and get ready to say "WOW!".
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