Topic 1 What is Light?
Optics for Kids Explore the basic concepts about light, and optics.
Penumbra Effect This ExploreLearning Gizmo allows the user to gain an understanding of how partial shadows are created. The simulation features multiple light sources and adjustable light spacing. The width of the shadow-casting block and light distance can also be changed and the resultant cast shadow observed. Screen shots may be taken to record data. The resource includes an exploration guide and assessment questions.
Topic 2 Reflection
Topic 3 Refraction
Topic 4 Concave and Convex Mirrors
Topic 5 Lenses and Vision
Simple Magnification A magnifying glass is a bi-convex lens. It is convex on both sides, meaning that the glass is curved outward to form a dome. Things look bigger looking through convex lenses.
Eye Site Your one stop source of information about eyes. Topics include eye anatomy, ailments, eye games and activities. Another net nugget from Mr. Slade.
How Animals See The World - infographic
Topic 6 Extending Human Vision
Microscope Magnification A microscope is a tool used by scientists to make things appear larger than they really are. This site allows you to look at a variety of specimens using different magnifications.
How Cameras Work Cameras combine optical, chemical and mechanical processes in a simple, yet amazing device. Get inside a single lens reflex camera.
How Night Vision Works Learn how night-vision goggles work.
Topic 7 The Source of Colours
Mix n Match You can mix just three colors of light to make over 16 million different colors!
Single Filter Emission Java Applet This applet allows you to place a single, pure colored filter on a lamp. The lamp's light can be set by three scroll bars (red, green, and blue). The color of the filter can be selected.
Colour In Dots Discover how colour pictures in magazines are produced using tiny coloured dots.
Colour Wheels Optical illusions based on movement can be constructed in a variety of ways. Here we explore color wheels (with adjustable speeds) using simple patterns that create some spectacular optical illusions.