The Kennedy Center: The Science of Shadow Puppets

How is light reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through an object?

In this 6-8 lesson, students will learn how light interacts with matter through the creation of puppets in shadow plays. They will examine how light travels and how an object’s shadow is affected by the intensity and position of light in relation to both the object and the surface on which a shadow is cast. Students will also differentiate opaque, translucent, and transparent materials.


Light & Colors
Middle School

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