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Light & Lasers

Light & LasersExperiment 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.

LEARNING LAB MAX: 32 students per lab session, with 3 lab sessions available per hour
TIME: 50 minutes
GRADE: Designed for grades 3-5
COST: $6 per lab, per student. This does not include museum admission.


  • 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.



Physical Science - Describe how light travels in a straight line until it is absorbed, redirected, reflected or allowed to pass through an object.

Mathematics - Measure angles in geometric figures and real-world objects with a protractor or angle ruler. - Compare angles according to size. Classify angles as acute, right, and obtuse.

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Learning Labs are available for school groups at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. They occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during October-November and January-May. (In May, Tuesdays also become available.) Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for Learning Labs. To make your reservation, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request, email , or call (651) 221-9444 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learning Labs Price: $6 per lab, per student. Requires museum admission. Minimum 16, maximum 32 students per lab.