Math Science Nucleus Field Trips
California Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

Light Magic (1-5)  Can you change the way that light moves?  What is a hologram?  How is light made of different colors? Students will bounce light off mirrors, and learn about optical illusions.    Students experience the power of lasers.   Limit: 2 classes,  64 students

The following are activities students will do
1. Explore focal length and distance with lenses
2. Optical illusions and determine refract, reflect and diffract items
3. Read Light Magic
4. Use prisms to create rainbows in the classroom and compare with rainbows from natural light
5. Observe a laser demonstration


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas.  Codes in parenthesis represent Performance Standards.  For more detailed information visit

  Electromagnetic Radiation
Objects can be seen only when light is available to illuminate them. Some objects give off their own light. (1-PS4-2)

Some materials allow light to pass through them, others allow only some light through and others block all the light and create a dark shadow on any surface beyond them, where the light cannot reach. Mirrors can be used to redirect a light beam. (Boundary: The idea that light travels from place to place is developed through experiences with light sources, mirrors, and shadows, but no attempt is made to discuss the speed of light.) (1-PS4-3)

Ca Science Standards Life Sciences

Third Grade: Physical Sciences (2a,b,c,d)