Age range: 10 - 14
Resource type: enquiry-oriented activity
Author: Amee Hennig
This activity is an interactive “out-of-the-seat” demo that allows the students to become involved in learning about fibre optic cables by imitating the way that one of them basically functions. While enjoying the physicality of the demo the children will pick up basic details of light, reflection, optical properties, and applications to technology. Additionally, the activity will go into details of how fibre optics is used in astronomy technology to improve our understanding of the universe. Emphasis should be placed on putting direct questions to the children about how these applications can influence technology, astronomy and our world, to reinforce the concepts that they are learning about.