Homemade Kaleidoscope Engineering Science Experiment
In this fun and easy engineering science experiment, we’re going to design and build a homemade kaleidoscope.
- Empty Pringles potato chip can
- Spray adhesive
- Construction paper
- Tissue paper
- Clear glue
- Aluminum foil
- Glitter or sparkly sequins
- Spray the construction paper with spray adhesive.
- Cover the entire sheet with an even level of glitter.
- Once dried, roll the paper with the glitter side inwards and slide it into the Pringles can.
- Tack the paper down with glue if necessary and cut off an excess that is sticking from the can.
- Use the hammer and nail to punch a hole in the center of the bottom of the can.
- Use the clear glue to cover the inside lid of the Pringles can with sequins and glitter.
- Tear up bits of different colored tissue paper and glue to the outside of the Pringle lid.
- Once everything is dry, put the lid on the can and find some light to enjoy your kaleidoscope.
- Twist the lid to enjoy the changing effect.
- Note: Never point your kaleidoscope directly at the sun.
How it Works:
This simple kaleidoscope works by reflecting light. Light travels in a straight line. When light bumps into something it changes direction. If light bumps into something shiny that is flat like a mirror, it reflects back in the direction it came from. In our experiment, the reflective surfaces bounce the light back in a lot of different angles creating the kaleidoscope effect.
Make This A Science Project:
Try punching the hole in an area that is not centered.