Bright Art CHALLENGE

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Challenge Details
YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

TO CREATE A LIGHT ART MASTERPIECE

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GRADES K-8 ONLY
**DESIGN GUIDELINES & RULES UPDATED IN YELLOW**

Your challenge is to create a piece of art using a battery-powered LED light source that demonstrates at least two interactions with light. To make your artwork, you can use materials that may include recyclables, trash, borrowed objects (each of which is no more than $10), and items found in nature. Your submission must include a video demonstration (max 30 seconds) that shows off your art and a text description of your design and its light interactions. For student safety, no lasers are allowed. Be sure to review the CONTEST RULES and DESIGN GUIDELINES for all challenge details. Be brilliant… and good luck!
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WINNERS

K-8
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K-8 Winner
Shriya M.
Littleton, CO
The Fun Science Learning House
K-8 Finalist
Andrew B.
Brooklyn, NY
Fluorescent Flowers
K-8 Finalist
Evelina I., Layla M., Pamela R.
Brooklyn, NY
The Unique Universe
K-8 Finalist
Shreya R.
Tracy, CA
A Snowman Wonderland!
K-8 SemiFinalist
Eli C.
Anna, TX
Mr. E Light Box
K-8 SemiFinalist
Elijah D., Hattie S.
Fair Oaks, CA
Lightbulb Light Catcher
K-8 SemiFinalist
Katie M.
Las Vegas, NV
Disco Desert
K-8 SemiFinalist
Lee Vien C., Swetha N.
Tracy, CA
Snow White's Coffin
K-8 SemiFinalist
Meredith G.
Phoenix, AZ
constellations
K-8 SemiFinalist
Nipun R., Samarth R.
Germantown, TN
HARMONY OF LIGHT
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DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the rules to win.

WHO CAN ENTER

Individuals or Teams of up to 4 Students
All teammates must be in the same judging category
Grades K-8 Students
In the United States

JUDGING CRITERIA

K-8
 
40
POINTS
Creativity of your Bright Art Design
25
POINTS
Quality of your Bright Art Design
25
POINTS
Explanation of your entry's light interactions via text and/or finalist interview (if applicable)
10
POINTS
Quality of your 30 second visual demonstration video

HOW TO ENTER

Please review the Challenge Rules and Design Guidelines prior to creating your entry.

Challenge Rules Design Guidelines

TEACHERS
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STUDENTS
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PROGRAM DATES
Challenge Launch
05
February
Entries Close
29
May
Semifinalists Announced
03
July
Finalists Announced
10
July
Finalist Interviews
17
July
Winners Announced
20
July
Challenge Launch
05
February
Entries Close
29
May
Semifinalists Announced
03
July
Finalists Announced
10
July
Finalist Interviews
17
July
Winners Announced
20
July

PRIZES

 

Dive Into The Challenge

Lesson Plan Details and Challenge Tips!

1. Links & Lessons

Learn about light

2. Digital Tools

Learn to edit a video

3. Brainstorm & Design

Experiment with light interactions

4. Build & Iterate

Build, Iterate, and Light Test!
Links & Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate
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Links & Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate

LEARN ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Learn about the light energy and the electromagnetic spectrum. Use a wave simulator to discover the parts of a wave and understand the relationship between brightness and amplitude, color and frequency.

Brainstorm & Design

Students will visit brainstorming stations to learn how light interacts with matter. They will experiment with various types of light transmission, reflection and absorption.
Brainstorming Idea
Transmission

What objects let light pass through them? Are these objects transparent or translucent? How will you incorporate transmission into your art work? 

 

Brainstorming Idea
Reflection

Light that bounces off an object is reflected. Some materials reflect some visible light and others can reflect it all. Experiment with materials that reflect light to determine how to convey this interaction in your art piece. Or maybe you want a shiny specular reflection look? 

 

Brainstorming Idea
Absorption

When light is absorbed by an object it is converted to heat. What materials absorb light? What happens when all visible light is absorbed? What happens when some light is absorbed and some is reflected? 

Brainstorming Idea
Refraction

When light transmits through different mediums it can change speed and direction. This can change how the object appears and in some cases separte white light into the visible spectrum. What are some examples of refraction?

Brainstorming Idea
Scattering

Scattering occurs when loght passes through a non-uniform (imperfect) medium and is deflected in various directions. This often creates soft or diffuse loght effects. Can you think of examples of scattering that could be incorporated into your design?

Digital Tools

Take your video to the next level by using video editing tools and storytelling applications.
Native Tools
Microsoft Photo offers free, basic video editing software for PC users.

iMovie is free for Mac users and is a powerful beginner video editing tool.

Google photos has simple video editing capabilities and is free for Android or iOS users.

WeVideo is a cloud-based video editor that is included in the Creative Apps bundle for Chromebooks which may have been pre-purchased by a school with their chromebooks.
Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is a fun and free storytelling application used to create video stories with multimedia content including motion graphics, audio recording, music, text, and/or photos. It is cloud-based for Mac and PC using a web browser and also available as an IOS app.
Davinci Resolve 15
Davinci Resolve is a professional-grade, advanced editing and color grading tool. They offer a free version which has many of the editing capabilities of the paid version.

Build & Iterate

In this phase of the engineering design process, students will build and refine their art piece. They will create a light test and use it to ensure their art shows light interactions.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students Per Team

Approach

Build, Iterate, and Light Test!

Material

LED Flashlight, Recycled, Items from Nature and or Borrowed Materials
 
 
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