Optics in Fifth Grade STEM Class

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

If Rochester is in the major leagues as a hub for optics research and entrepreneurship, then Allendale Columbia’s Lower School is a stimulating training ground. As some of you have already heard, students in 5th grade first experimented with mixing different primary colors of light in the dark room of our STEM Optics Lab using LED Light Blox components to create secondary and tertiary colors. Next, students programmed the Digital Sandbox using ArduBlock (a graphical version of Arduino) to repeat the experiment using analog LEDs on a microcontroller. Lastly, they compared and contrasted the two different methods of color mixing and concluded that, for precision and repeatability, programming LED analog outputs on a microcontroller was far superior to using LED Light Blox components.

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