Bounce the Light

Activity Summary

Students will bounce light off of mirrors to hit a target.

Video Engagement Links

Required Materials

  • 4 small mirrors per team
  • 1 laser pointer or a small, powerful flashlight
  • Target
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Stopwatch
  • Protractor

Before the activity, set up an area where the mirror relay will take place; a portion of the floor or a long table or desk is a good option. The area should be no longer than 1.5 meters and no wider than 1 meter. Create a target by drawing a circle that is 10 centimeters in diameter. At this size, the target should be neither too difficult nor too easy for teams.

Standards Covered

NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-1, 3-ETS1-2, 4-ETS1-1, 4-ETS1-2, 4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS4-2, 5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-PS1-1

CCSS Standard(s): ELA, Math, MP.2, MP.4, MP.5, W.3.2, W.4.2, W.5.2