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Intermediate Level

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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Exploring Light

3 videos (Total 10 min), 3 readings
3 videos
Welcome to the Course2m
About the Exploratorium Teacher Institute5m
3 readings
Course Format and Expectations10m
Assignments and Grading10m
Recorded Instructor Hangouts10m
1 hour to complete

Week One: Perception

7 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings
7 videos
Playing with Rainbows2m
Light Stick Exhibit3m
Visual Channels Exhibit2m
Explore Colored Shadows6m
Make Your Own Bird in a Cage Illusion5m
Test Your Peripheral Vision10m
2 readings
Recommended Resources10m
Try Perception Activities10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Week Two: History of Our Ideas About Light

4 videos (Total 16 min), 2 readings
4 videos
Disappearing Glass Rods Exhibit6m
Newton's Prisms Exhibit2m
Build Your Own Oil Spot Photometer5m
2 readings
History of Light: An Overview10m
Try Week Two Activities10m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Week Three: Optics and Image Making

5 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings
5 videos
Optics Lesson: How Does a Lens Work?11m
Magic Wand Exhibit2m
Playing with a Giant Mirror1m
Poking Fun at Light10m
2 readings
Recommended Resources10m
Try Week Three Activities10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Week Four: The Wave Nature of Light

7 videos (Total 36 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Long-Path Diffraction Exhibit2m
Soap-Film Painting Exhibit2m
Build Your Own CD Spectroscope10m
Explore Interference with Soap Film on a Can4m
Deepen Your Understanding with the Soap-Film Interference Model11m
Measure the Efficiency of a Solar Cell4m
2 readings
Introduction to the Wave Nature of Light10m
Try Week Four Activities10m
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Top reviews from Exploring Light: Hands-on Activities and Strategies for Teachers

By VSAug 10th 2016

Excellent course, I love it!, it has been very useful for my carries as a Lighting Designer to understand the light and how it Works, which let me do better designs for theater and concerts.

By JQAug 23rd 2017

Interesting course. I've learned so much! And surprisingly, a whole lot that I thought I knew I really didn't. Thanks so much!

Instructors

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Zeke Kossover

Teacher in Residence
Exploratorium Teacher Institute
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Paul Doherty, PhD

Senior Staff Scientist
Teacher Institute
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Eric Muller

Senior Science Educator
Exploratorium Teacher Institute

About Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. We use the same tools and approaches to design compelling professional development programs for teachers ranging from novice to expert, elementary to high school, and formal and informal, in fields of science, math, and engineering. To date the Exploratorium has provided in-depth, multi-year programming to thousands of educators from over 450 school districts in 47 states and in many different countries....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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