High Energy Groove
Level: Middle School
Author: Kimberly S. Adams, Argyle Middle School, Silver Spring, MD
National Science Education Standards:
Physical Science: Transfer of Energy
Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction),
absorption, or scattering (including reflection). To see an object, light
from that object--emitted by or scattered from it--must enter the eye.
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives:Science and Technology in Society
Technology influences society through its products and processes. Technology
influences the quality of life and the ways people act and interact.
Technological changes are often accompanied by social, political, and
economic changes that can be beneficial or detrimental to individuals and
to society. Social needs, attitudes, and values influence the direction of
Our eyes act as a medium allowing us to see visible light. Technology can
help us to view the universe through different parts of the electromagnetic
Our eyes allow us to see visible light. What would we see if we had x-ray
Students will create a collage to show the universe in a different light.
- Construction paper
- Magazines (various types including some astronomy magazines)
Have students to complete the following statement. If I had ___? ___ eyes, I
could see ___? ___. Allow time for students to share their responses.
***If you are short on magazines and have use to a computer lab, students
could create virtual collage from computer images.
- Create a class list of things humans can see with their natural eyes on
earth and in space.
|Our Eyes On Earth ||Our Eyes In Space|
- Create a class list of things humans could see with x-ray eyes on earth
and in space.
|Our X-Ray Eyes On Earth ||Our X-Ray Eyes In Space|
- Give each student 2 pieces of construction paper. They should label one MY
EYES and the other one MY X-RAY EYES.
- Students will then use the magazine pictures to create collages of things
they could see with their eyes and their x-ray eyes.
- On the back of their collage students may write a paragraph describing the
benefits and limitations of using their eyes and their x-ray eyes.
Attempt to view the universe through different parts of the electromagnetic
Have students to give a short presentation of their collage describing what
they "see" with their eyes and their x-ray eyes. Students may also describe
the benefits and limitations of using one way of viewing the universe.