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Light Matters Kits

Build and experiment! Then, post your results and observations at the foot of each Light Matters kit page – upload video, photos or text!
You can also re-fill your kits here, with items that you can get from a $2-shop, supermarket or DIY hardware store.
Kits are rated by difficulty: one photon is easy, five photons is for the brave.
The fun never sets on Light Matters …

Kit 00 – Light Matters Box Spectroscope

Your Light Matters box has been carefully designed so that you can transform it into a spectroscope. A spectroscope separates light into its colour components and lets you look at them. Use your spectroscope on as many of your experiments… Continue Reading →

Kit 01 – Glowing Bacteria

Difficulty:    Unfortunately this kit is not available.         Report your results! Real scientists tell other people what they have found, and discuss what it might mean. You can do this below. Enter what you found as… Continue Reading →

Kit 04 – Reach for the stars

Reach for the stars

Kit 02 – Kitchen optics

Difficulty:    Click here to enter your results! Click here for Instructions in a PDF file Kit contents 2 packs of jelly (85 g each) 1 red laser pointer 1 empty plastic bottle + lid 1 UV LED (light emitting… Continue Reading →

Kit 05 – Ray Tracing Fun & Measuring the Speed of Light

Difficulty:    Click here to enter your results! Click here for PDF Instructions Kit contents 2 acrylic lenses (1 convex, 1 concave) 1 black acrylic piece with slits on it 1 white LED (light emitting diode) 1 button battery *To… Continue Reading →

Kit 03 – Coloured Shadows


Kit 06 – Measuring with light

Difficulty:    Some of the kits do not have a test tube you can use the box that the kit came in instead. You will also get a business card with instructions and a Berroca tablet which contains 15 mg… Continue Reading →

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