MAKEIT Workshop Plans

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makeit_thumb_spectroscopeSee the colours in different sources of light using this simple spectroscope made using a cardboard template and a piece of CD.
Age group 8+ (scissors and craft knife required)
Method Group activity (14:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 20 minutes

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makeit_thumb_periscopeSee what is happening over the fence, and around the corner with this simple periscope design that uses plastic mirrors and a cardboard template (not suitable for submarines).
Age group 8+ (scissors and craft knife required)
Method Group activity (14:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 20 minutes

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makeit_thumb_bendinglightExplore what happens when light travels from one substance to another and how this makes rainbows, optical fibres and elusive fish.
Age group 6+
Method Group activity (14:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 25 minutes

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makeit_thumb_thecolourwhiteWe see millions of colours on our screens, and even more in nature, but how does the white light from the sun or an LED make that possible? Combine colours using torches and build a colour spinner to find out how the colour white is made.
Age group 5+
Method Group activity (14:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 25 minutes

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makeit_thumb_wavesoflightYou can feel energy travelling in water waves, and hear it in sound waves, and light energy travels in waves, too. Use the properties of light waves to make interesting things happen, using flyscreen, sheets of perspex and 3-D glasses.
Age group 6+
Method Group activity (14:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 30 minutes

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makeit_thumb_kaleidoscopeCreate and ever changing mosaic of colour with this classic optical toy you can make in a few minutes from cardboard, scraps of plastic and a few coloured beads.
Age group 8+ (scissors required)
Method Group activity (14:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 30 minutes

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LED PostcardsOver 45 minutes, participants will use a range of craft materials and simple electronic techniques to construct and decorate an LED postcard.
Age group 14+
Method Small Groups (7:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 45 minutes

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Fear of the small screenOver 45 minutes, participants will film, edit and output a short (30 second) horror film trailer.
Age group 14+
Method Small Groups (7:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 45 minutes

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Blinking BadgesOver 45 minutes, participants will use soft circuit techniques to create an LED badge.
Age group 14+
Method Small Groups (7:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 45 minutes

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Vibrobot bug racersOver 45 minutes, participants will construct, test and race vibrating bug bots.
Age group 14+
Method Small Groups (7:1 participant to facilitator ratio recommended)
Level Introductory
Duration 45 minutes

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