Science Center Monday: Making a Periscope

My son really enjoys spy gear. Making a periscope (which
he immediately started calling a “spy scope”) was right
up his alley!!

Today’s science experiment was very simple and took less
than 15 minutes. We took a long tubular box, cut a flap on
opposite sides and opposite ends of the box, glued a small
mirror to the flap and taped it the flap on the inside of the
box at a 45 degree angle (make sure you can see the top
of the box before sticking the tape down).

You can see more clearly laid out directions at these two
websites:
http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/periscope.html
or
http://www.education.com/activity/article/corners/#

LD thought it was really cool that you could use it both
to peek over something (like the couch), but also to see
around the corner (as he is in the bottom picture above).


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