Optical Conclusions - Inside the Mind's Eye STEM Class

by  Long Island Science Center

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Students learn how our eyes perceive light. Experiments show how light can be reflected, refracted and filtered through lenses, prisms, and spectrometers. Students make a either a thaumatrope or a kaleidoscope to take home. Kaleidoscopes are recommended for middle school only. The materials for the experimentation and project will be mailed to you based on the number of students indicated in your reservation. All classes can be conducted in both English and Spanish.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $225.00

This program includes a mailed project and experiment materials kit, please allow time for standard mail delivery. Additional session booked for the same calendar day are discounted to $195. An amended version of this program without the in-class project and experiment is available for $150 per 30-45 minute session. Any booking of the program for the 2020-2021 school year done before September 30, 2020 will receive a 10% discount.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
ZoomWe can use the organizations platform of choice

Booking Information

Programs are available from 8am-7pm EST

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks out from your reserved date will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks out are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Date rescheduling may be done up to 2 weeks before your reserved date. Rescheduling done less than 2 weeks before your date will be subject to a 10% rescheduling fee.

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Long Island Science Center

Riverhead, NY
United States

Today's students - tomorrow's innovators! The Long Island Science Center is a 501(c)3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)  Learning Museum with a mission to prepare young people for the challenges of a 21st century economy built on advanced technology and innovation. We have provided STEAM based programs to students in schools and libraries in the New York Area since 1995. Our programs have been delivered to more than 350,000 students.

We ignite curiosity, fuel creativity and unlock the passion for problem-solving and discovery with hands-on STEAM curricula, programs, and interactive experiences designed to cultivate future leaders and engaged citizens.

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Program Details


1. This program begins with a introduction to the human eye perceives light
2. The educator will perform a series of experiments that will demonstrate how light can be reflected, refracted and filtered.
3. The educator will discuss how optical illusions occur
4. The educator will lead the students through their project.
5. If time allows, we take questions.


Students will:
- explore human perception of light
- engage in a discussion of how the human eye works
- understand the properties of light and how it can be changed
- engage in an experiment to see how the bending of light changes our perception of an image

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
PS1A 3-5 -- Sturcture and Properties of matter
PS4A 3-5 -- Wave properties
PS4A 6-8 -- Wave properties
PS4A K-2 -- Wave properties

State Standards

New York State
NGSS Learning Standards