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Daylight in a Bottle

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Patrons will experiment with radiant energy and the concept of refraction to develop a lighting system made out of recycled materials. Water bottle–based systems like the ones patrons create in this activity are in use in several impoverished areas.

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Hints for uses in your library Have patrons get creative with their bottle-based lighting systems. Black out the windows with cardboard and use the bottles to light up a room, or have patrons build a fort and use their bottles to provide the lighting.
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Participants Enjoyed the Activity 
Participants Learned from This Activity 
Activity Instructions Were Clear and Easy to Follow 
Would Recommend 
03/14/2018

Fascinating video, fun and informative activity

We started with the given video, and kids loved it! I think it did bias their analysis a bit as to the most effective liquid for the bottle, but the testing process still very much held their attention, and they were delighted by peeping into the dark box to see the effects of the finished bottle.

With students on the older side, I might consider saving the video for towards the end of the lesson to give them more leeway in their thinking about options.

I also really appreciated the extremely concrete tie-in to solving real world problems. It would be a great activity to connect with social studies or literature activities about poverty and/or life in other countries.

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Daylight in a Bottle

Daylight in a Bottle

Patrons will experiment with radiant energy and the concept of refraction to develop a lighting system made out of recycled materials. Water bottle–based systems like the ones patrons create in this activity are in use in several impoverished areas.