The Wizard's Lab
A GEMS Exhibit Guide
Written by Cary I. Sneider and Alan
GEMS Exhibit Guides describe and supply detailed plans for
the construction and display of interactive exhibits for use
by science centers or in school discovery labs. Many of these
exhibits make excellent classroom or festival learning stations.
The Wizard's Lab describes ten of the most popular interactive
exhibits from the Lawrence Hall of Science, including the spinning
platform; solar cells and light polarizers; resonant pendula;
magnets; lenses; electricity makers and the "human battery";
the oscilloscope and sound; and the harmonograph.
Exhibits are easy to construct and use common materials and
equipment. Clear, fun instruction cards guide visitors through
hands-on challenges and provide scientific background. Various
activities connect to GEMS Teacher's Guides (for example, solar
cells to Hot Water and Warm Homes from
Sunlight, or lenses to More
This guide does NOT contain step-by-step instructions for
classroom presentation, although creative teachers have
sometimes adapted them for classroom useor to inspire
a discovery room at school.
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