Lights off! Time for Cool Science Experiments!

Lights off! Time for Cool Science Experiments!
Matthew Eisenhauer

Grade 1 scientists explore light and sound.


The grade 1s visited Sony ExploraScience Museum as part of our How The World Works “Light and Sound” unit of inquiry. The Sony ExploraScience museum is a hands-on science hall that links the learning of basic science principles to the latest technology. As this is the beginning of our unit, this was the “Getting Started”  phase of our inquiry. At ExploraScience, the grade 1s were introduced to light and sound through the various interactive exhibitions the museum has to offer. Here are a few of the exhibits.



Today Grade 1 students conducted our first scientific experiment. 

Our questions:

"Do light and sound travel in the same way?"

The experiment:

Put sound (Mr. E.'s iPhone 4s) and light (two small flashlights) inside of the cabinet. 

Our predictions: "What do you think will happen?"

Observations: When we conducted a test, what did we see and hear?

Next step: Based on our first experiment, what new questions do we have?

Some of our (very thoughtful!) questions:

Why does light have many colors?

How does light from the sun work?

Why can you see light better in the dark then when it's light?

Why does light stay in one place?

How does light reflect on the wall?

I wonder if I can make something with sound and light...

Is light and sound the same?

What is light made of?

What is dark made of?


If your daughter conducts any of her own light or sound experiments at home over the weekend, please take a video or pictures so we can share her discoveries on Monday!









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