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Optics for Kids

Optics for Kids

Fall 2008 Website
Ages: 5 - 18 yrs.
Designer: Molecular Expressions
Behind this site’s somewhat corporate looking exterior lies a slew of activities for budding scientists that provide a valuable resource for a variety of ages, especially for families and educators working with younger audiences.

Kids and adults alike will appreciate the Optical Illusions showcased on the home page and in their own area of the site. For elementary school-aged Future Scientists, easy experiments using common, everyday materials help kids unearth answers to timeless children’s questions including what causes rainbows and why bubbles are so colorful. Intermediate activities tackle more advanced concepts and activities such as building your own telescope, while advanced activities are recommended for ages 15 and up. All activities include links to additional articles that provide more information on the subject.

The site also features a "What is Optics" overview section, "Optics Overload" with links to dozens of other Web sites offering experiments, activities and educator resources and even a career quiz for students to find out if their interests dovetail with any specific optics-related jobs. The Parents & Teachers section of the site is a great jumping off point for a number of learning activities and educational resources including articles, podcasts, Web sites and more.

Rachel Hamm   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Rachael Hamm Plett is a designer and Art Director with a diverse background in marketing communications, publications and multimedia for a variety of distinguished clients including National Geographic, AARP The Magazine, the Newseum in Washington, DC, Microsoft and T-Mobile. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and retired greyhound and retreats to the mountains whenever she can get away from her desk.

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