Curricular Unit: Waves: The Three Color MysteryContributed by: Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program, Center of Advancement of Engineering Fibers and Films, Clemson University
Students are presented with a challenge question concerning color blindness and asked to use engineering principles to design devices to help people who are color blind. Using the legacy cycle as a model, this unit is comprised of five lessons designed to teach wave properties, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the anatomy of the human eye in an interactive format that introduces engineering applications and real-world references. It culminates with an activity in which student teams apply what they have learned to design devices that can aid people with colorblindness in distinguishing colors— as evidenced by their creation of brainstorming posters, descriptive brochures and short team presentations, as if they were engineers reporting to clients. Through this unit, students become more aware of the connections between the biology of the eye and the physical science concept of light, and gain an understanding of how those scientific concepts relate to the field of engineering.
Time Required: 480 minutes
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ContributorsEllen Zielinski, Courtney Faber, Marissa H. Forbes, through Clemson University's "Engineering Fibers and Films Experience – EFF-X" Research Experience for Teachers Program, National Science Foundation grant no. EEC-0602040
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Supporting ProgramResearch Experience for Teachers (RET) Program, Center of Advancement of Engineering Fibers and Films, Clemson University
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This unit was developed through Clemson University's "Engineering Fibers and Films Experience – EFF-X" Research Experience for Teachers program, funded by National Science Foundation grant no. EEC-0602040. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policies of the National Science Foundation, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.