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Making a Kaleidoscope

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2000
Product Number: EG-2000-10-64-MSFC
Subjects: Physical Science


Students make temporary kaleidoscopes to find that when three rectangular mirrors of the same size are arranged in an equilateral triangle, rays of light from an object form multiple images due to reflections from the mirrors. This activity includes instructions to build a large kaleidoscope using PVC pipe.

Making a Kaleidoscope  [429KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Optics Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 17th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild