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Using a spectroscope you can see that a single color of light is really comprised of a combination of colors, called a spectrum.  Making your own spectroscope is easy, and this activity takes you through the process, step by step.  Try it out and see the rainbows all around you!

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- Diffraction
- Geometrical Optics
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color spectrum, diffraction grating, hands-on lab, high school lab, light spectra, middle school lab, prism, project
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