Bright Art 2020 CHALLENGE

31 DAYS : 10 HOURS : 04 MINS LEFT
Challenge Details
YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

TO CREATE A LIGHT ART MASTERPIECE

ENTRIES DUE: June 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM PST

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 and please don't include your face or voice in your video. Be brilliant… and good luck!
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HOW TO ENTER

Instructions for Students and Teachers

WHO CAN ENTER

K-12 Students in US public, private, and home schools (including U.S. territories & possessions)


Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

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Dive Into The Challenge

Lesson Plan Details and Challenge Tips!

1. Links & Lessons

Learn About Light

2. Brainstorm & Design

Light Interactions
Links & Lessons
Brainstorm & Design
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Links & Lessons
Brainstorm & Design

LEARN ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Learn about light energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, and how light interacts with matter to create the world that we see.

Brainstorm & Design

Students will also experiment with a variety of materials and light interactions to help them hone in on what to build their art masterpiece out of.
Brainstorming Idea
Transmission

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

 

 

 

Brainstorming Idea
Reflection

Reflection is when light bounces off of an object. Some materials reflect certain wavelengths to create specific colors while other smooth or polished objects reflect wavelengths to create mirror-like surfaces. Experiment with different materials and objects to determine how to convey this interaction with your art piece. Do you want colorful objects, the shiny specular reflection kind or both? 

Brainstorming Idea
Absorption

When light is absorbed by an object it is converted to head. 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 to us and in some cases can separate white light into the visible spectrum. What are some examples of refraction? 

Brainstorming Idea
Scattering

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

Digital Tools

Build & Iterate

FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Split into 8 teams

Approach

Assign each team a video lesson and have them present what they learned

Material

None

Educator tools

 

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Future Engineers hosts online contests and challenges for K-12 students, including the recent Mars 2020 "Name the Rover" contest. This challenge platform was developed with support from the US Department of Education and all challenges are free for student/classroom participation.