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An Eye on Optics

Lesson Focus 
The goal of this lesson is to provide students with an open-ended opportunity to explore and work with the materials, make and share observations, and build a foundational understanding of the relationship between gelatin shapes and light. Open-ended exploration encourages creativity and problem solving useful to meet the final challenge of designing a lens system to improve vision.

Age Levels:

10 - 14

Introduce students to:

  • Light
  • Lenses
  • Assistive vision technologies
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

Students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge of properties of light, lens shape to solve a problem related to human vision
  • Use Lab Equipment (lights, lenses etc.) to design a solution to a problem
  • Apply the scientific method and collect data to draw conclusions from evidence
  • Develop and document a repeatable process 
Lesson Activities 

Students explore the relationship between gelatin shapes and light and design a lens system to improve vision. 

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

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This lesson was provided by Epilog Laser. In business since 1988, Epilog Laser has worked hard to become the leader in the laser engraving, cutting and marking industry. We are innovators. We are problem solvers. We are committed to designing and manufacturing the highest-quality laser systems, right here in our Golden, CO headquarters.

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