General Lab Information



Brookhaven National Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II) uses powerful X-rays to determine the atomic composition of batteries, proteins, and much more. In this lesson, students will learn the basics of spectroscopy and then apply their skills in an online game of “Name That Element!” May the best spectroscopist win!

Vocabulary: Element, spectroscopy, spectrum, energy levels, emission, absorption

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. 
  • $300 (BOCES-aidable) 
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Contact us to schedule your field trip 

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.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

Energy and Matter Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Next Generation English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening Language
Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

New York State Standards for the Arts

Visual Arts 11.2