Light Color and Technology

Outreach programs are designed for students in grades 3-12.

Requests for program information or scheduling should be directed to Desiree Brunton at or 401-473-9174.

Bending Light

Break light apart, put it back together, experiment with shadow sculpture (for an example, see that of artist Kumi Yamashita),  and otherwise get to know the visual portion of the electromagnetic spectrum!  No radioactivity involved…

Some comments from participants in prior Bending Light programs:

– I have learned about light before, but I never learned about shadow art.  This was way more fun than classes at school

– Great job!  Lots of fun and educational!

Paper Chromatography

Explore how pigments work on a molecular level (is the color black really black?), the use of chromatography in real life and use this technique to create water-color type artwork

Electric Dough

Explore the properties of electricity and creativity using conductive dough. Through hands-on art/science activities, you will learn how circuits work and the difference between conductive and resistive materials.  Use LED lights, play-dough and imagination to create electric artwork!

What they are saying:

“All of the kids were extremely engaged from beginning to end.  in talking with the children, many learned some important skills about conducting electricity and trouble shooting. They were so enthusiastic about their discoveries :-)”classroom teacher 2/21/14

“I like that we can do and create our own sculpture and learn at the same time!” 11-19 year old participant

“It was cool playing with Play-Doh and electricity” – 11-19 year old participant

Nano and Color

Nano and Color It is called “nano” and it is one billionth of a meter in size.  That’s the scale that’s used to measure atoms and molecules!  And on that scale, common materials can have very unusual properties.  That’s the basis of a new field of science called “nanotechnology”, which is producing remarkable advances.  Thanks to an NSF funded kit, older elementary school and middle school students will not only learn about nano-scale, they will do hands-on experiments, and make thin films–only a few hundred nanometers thick–to take home!
Some comments by participants in the Nano program:

– I think this program was excellent!  It has inspired me to bring back our regular science programs.  Activities were amazing!  -Teacher

–I think this program was spectacular [sic]

–I like the bubbles when I blow in it and I like when I put black paper in the water with nail polish