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This resource is a one-week experiential learning module for high school physics on the topic of spectroscopy. Students create a spectrograph prototype using their calculation of the angle that light is transmitted through a holographic diffraction grating. They then develop a ground-or-space-based mission to accommodate their spectrograph design.  Extensive background information is provided, along with printable student worksheets.  **NOTE: A basic understanding of trigonometry is a prerequisite.

This resource is part of the TeachEngineering digital library, which provides teacher-tested lessons designed to connect real-world experiences with curricular content in the K-12 science/math classroom.
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Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Spectra
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
= Electromagnetic Spectrum
Optics
- Diffraction
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Best practice
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
= Unit of Instruction
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color spectrum, electromagnetic spectroscopy, experiential learning, high school lab, instructional unit, lab, lesson plan, optical instruments, rainbow, spectra, spectrograph, spectroscopy
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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Microscopy and Optical Devices

Experiential Learning Module: 4-day                                               Grades 11-12
This module is a great way for students to apply their knowledge of the composition of light and measurement of light intensity.  Student teams design and build their own spectrographs, researching and developing a ground-or-space-based mission using their creation.  The authors provide lots of background support, with printable worksheets and troubleshooting tips.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Electromagnetic Radiation and the Spectrum

Experiential Learning Module: 4-day                                                       Grades 11-12
This module is a great way for students to apply their knowledge of the composition of light and measurement of light intensity.  Student teams design and build their own spectrographs, researching and developing a ground-or-space-based mission using their creation.  The authors provide lots of background support, with printable worksheets and troubleshooting tips.

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(Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, Boulder, 2006), WWW Document, (http://www.teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.org/collection/cub_/activities/cub_spect/cub_spect_activity8.xml).
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Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission, (Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, Boulder, 2006), <http://www.teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.org/collection/cub_/activities/cub_spect/cub_spect_activity8.xml>.
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Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission. (2008, February 2). Retrieved September 19, 2014, from Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering: http://www.teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.org/collection/cub_/activities/cub_spect/cub_spect_activity8.xml
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering. Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission. Boulder: Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, February 2, 2008. http://www.teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.org/collection/cub_/activities/cub_spect/cub_spect_activity8.xml (accessed 19 September 2014).
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Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission. Boulder: Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, 2006. 2 Feb. 2008. 19 Sep. 2014 <http://www.teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.org/collection/cub_/activities/cub_spect/cub_spect_activity8.xml>.
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