General Lab Information



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Students explore the refraction of light using diffraction gratings, the same tool used inside scientific spectroscopes. Through observations, students discover that each chemical element produces a unique spectrum while developing an understanding of how scientists use light to identify elements.

Vocabulary: diffraction grating, electromagnetic spectrum, fluorescent, incandescent, prism, refract, spectrum, visible

Session Information:

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home. 
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home.  Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.  
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.  
  • Secure link to ZoomGov videoconferencing platform will be provided. 
  • Sessions are 30 minutes, Tu-Fr, 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Plan for additional time to get settled in the virtual classroom. 
  • One class per session 

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

PS4.A: Wave Properties

Energy and Matter: Flow, Cycles, and Conservation

Structure and Function

Planning and Carrying out Investigations

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Next Genration English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


Program Audience

5th Grade