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Science in Focus: Shedding Light: About This Workshop

Workshop Synopses

Workshop 1: SHINE and SHADOW

Light is a form of energy that affects all facets of our lives. In this workshop we will explore how light travels and how shadows are formed.

Workshop 2: LAWS of LIGHT

Light energy has predictable properties when it interacts with matter. In this workshop we will investigate the absorption, reflection, and refraction of light.


The colors that surround us provide a rich visual experience. In this workshop we will investigate the effects of mixing colors of light and colors of pigment.

Workshop 4: COLOR, CONES, and CORNEAS

Humans are able to see objects when light energy enters the eye. In this workshop we will investigate human vision and the perception of color.

Workshop 5: SUNLIGHT to STARCH

Green plants convert light energy into chemical energy. In this workshop we will examine green plants grown with and without light and discover how they use light energy to produce food in the process known as photosynthesis.


The food made by plants is a source of energy for other organisms living in ecosystems. In this workshop we will investigate the flow of energy from plants to animals as we construct food webs and energy pyramids.

Workshop 7: SUN and SEASONS

Light energy from the Sun is absorbed all over the Earth. In this workshop we will examine how the transformed energy heats the Earth unevenly causing seasons.

Workshop 8: WIND and WEATHER

Storms, fronts, and other atmospheric phenomena derive energy from sunlight striking the Earth's surface. In this workshop we will investigate mechanisms that set the air in motion and cause weather.


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