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Accelerate Generally suited for grades 3-7

The Light Trap

Accelerate (3rd-7th grade)
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Investigate light’s role in energy transfer and sight, and find out how pigments connect science, art, and society! Students will learn about the darkest coating in the world, paint super-black objects, and so much more! Read More

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Light works in wondrous ways! The Light Trap is an Accelerate level Science Unlocked curriculum kit for the student interested in studying the science of light with an artistic flair! 

In this kit, students will investigate light's role in energy transfer and find out how pigments connect science, art, and society. In several fun science experiments and STEM activities, they'll get hands-on with some super-black paint, see how coatings are used to make things incredibly dark, explore light refraction, and use chromatography to test paint and ink!

The Light Trap comes with a full-color Student Curriculum Workbook and a detailed Teacher Guide. It uses a phenomenon-based approach, designed to fully engage students in concepts of light patterns, energy transfer, reflection and absorption, and the particle model of matter. Through a series of light science experiments, students will gain an understanding of how science and art are connected through the application of chemistry and physics. This Accelerate level kit will provide over 9 hours of learning and includes science activities that introduce your student to many foundational chemistry concepts.

The student will engage in these exciting activities:

  1. Paint some objects with super-black paint
  2. Learn about the darkest coating in the world, Vantablack®
  3. Shine a light on albedo by experimenting with painted objects
  4. See if you can make objects "disappear" using only paint
  5. Discover color mixing and separation (chromatography)
  6. Compare the chromatography "crawls" of paint and ink

Use The Light Trap to answer questions such as:

  • How are science and art connected?
  • How do energy and light travel? 
  • How are pigments used to reflect and absorb light?
  • What happens when light passes through bright vs. dark surfaces?
  • How do super-dark coatings work? 
  • Can you make a rock or piece of paper disappear? 

Watch as wavelengths travel to make light bend before your eyes! This kit provides students with a fun STEM challenge by diving into rainbow science to understand how light sources are either reflected or absorbed. Students will test a variety of surfaces and coatings through a series of DIY simple science experiments and light activities. Learn how light waves refract from one surface to another and see if you can make objects disappear! You may even spark an idea for your next science fair project!

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The Light Trap kit is a part of the Science Unlocked Accelerate series and is recommended for grades 3-7.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Student Workbook Sample and Teacher Guide Sample



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This kit contains:

  • Student Workbook
  • Teacher Guide
  • Beaker, polypropylene, 100 mL
  • 2 binder clips, small
  • Cardstock, 8 ½ X 11”, white
  • Construction paper, black
  • Filter paper, 11cm, 10 pack
  • 2 granite, gray-white specimen
  • Isopropyl alcohol, 90%, 30 mL
  • Light, small beam penlight
  • Marker, black, permanent
  • Paint brush
  • Super-black paint, 25 mL
  • Wooden splints, 5 pack

You will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Water


Shipping Restriction: Shipping Restriction: This item only ships Economy or UPS to a street address in the 50 US states.
Warning: HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL - This kit contains hazardous chemicals. Not for children under the age of 15. For use under adult supervision. Read warning labels carefully.
Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Adult supervision required.
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