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Kids Science Light Experiments
 
Bending Light Experiments
 

Light is all around us.  The Sun is a ball of burning hot gases that gives off a very bright light.

Light travels through the air in straight lines. If it didn't there wouldn't be any shadows.

The only way we can see an object is if rays of light hit the object and it then reaches our eyes.This is why we can’t see things in the dark.

The objects are still there but there is no light to reveal them.

 

The moon does not produce its own light. Moonlight is sunlight that has bounced off the moon!

When light hits a surface, some of it bounces off or is reflected.

Light can pass through transparent objects like glass but cannot pass through opaque objects like wood. Things look strange underwater, because light travels from them in a different way. Light moves more slowly through water than it moves through air. As the beam of light enters the water, it slows down and bends. As it re-enters the air the light beam speeds up and bends back again. This is called refraction.

Transparent materials allow light to travel through them.  We can see clearly through transparent materials like water and glass.

Opaque objects do not let light travel through them.  These objects create shadows on a sunny day.

Translucent materials allow light to come through but we cannot see through it. 

Select one of the Bending Light or REFRACTION  hands-on Experiments below to view details...

 

Rising Coin A coin magically appears
Bending Pencil Light playing tricks on your eyes!
Bending a Beam in the Dark Slowing down and speeding up light
   
 
 
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