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Experiences
Learning Lab

Light & Lasers

Experiment with lights and lasers to see how light behaves in this dynamic and "illuminating" class. Hands-on investigations will allow students to discover that light passes through some objects and is redirected, reflected, or absorbed by others. Students will apply what they have learned to direct a beam of light through a mirror maze.

Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students

Grade Level: 
3, 4 and 5
Learning Goals: 
  • Light travels in a straight line until it interacts with an object.
  • When light interacts with an object it may be reflected, redirected, absorbed or allowed to pass through.
  • Formulate reasonable explanations based on evidence collected from observations or experiments.
  • Measure the light's angle as it reflects from a mirror, identifying it as acute, right, obtuse.
Academic Standard Strand: 
Physical Science
Experience Run Time: 
50 minutes
Availability: 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Reservation Required: 
Yes
Cost: 
Museum Admission plus Additional Fee
Specific Cost: 
$6 per student
Physical Location: 
Only at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Specific Location: 
Education Classrooms, Level 2
Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for Learning Labs. To make your reservation, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request, email schools@smm.org, or call (651) 221-9444 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.