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WHAT WILL YOU MAKE?PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
- Spectroscope template (Download Here)
- Old CD or DVD
- Card stock, construction paper, or other opaque paper
- Glue Stick
- Craft Knife
- Safety Goggles
Prepare the Template
- In this tutorial, you will use the template found here to create your spectroscope.
- Start by gluing the template to an opaque piece of paper (opaque means that you cannot see through it).
- Next, cut the template out according to its instructions. You will need the craft knife to cut out the two windows.
Build the Spectroscope
- Follow the instructions on the template to construct the spectroscope.
- After it is completed, cut two flaps on the bottom underneath the eye window and open them (see picture on the left).
- Take your CD or DVD and tape it shinyside-up to the bottom of your spectroscope. The shiny side of the CD should completely cover the opening that you cut in step 2.
- Use the sides of the CD as handles and try out your new spectroscope! Look through the eye window directly down onto the CD while aiming the other window at a source of light. Do not aim it directly at the sun!
- Put the safety goggles on and cut the CD or DVD into sixths.
- Tape the piece of CD shiny-side-up over the opening that you cut in the above step. Make sure the opening is completely covered.
- Test out your new spectroscope by looking down through the eye window at the CD while aiming the other window at a source of light. Do not aim it directly at the sun!
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