This teaching resource has been submitted by Nicole Candian at Discovery Diaries.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
Elementary/Primary School (Age 5-11)
The light Webb collects is in the infrared region of the spectrum. The human eye cannot detect these wavelengths (for example, we cannot see light emitted from a remote control we use to change the channel on a TV), so we need specialist instruments like those on Webb to detect and study what would otherwise be invisible. Students are invited to draw selfies based on a color temperature scale.
By the end of this lesson the student/s will be able to:
– Imagine and Invent
– Visual Literacy
Smartphone/device or computer to access Zap code (optional), Colouring pencils.
Download the Deep Space Activity Sheet (PDF)
Download the Deep Space Teaching Notes (PDF)
Watch this YouTube video by the Hubble Space Telescope on Infrard Astronomy
Watch this YouTube video by NASA on Infrared Energy
Listen to this podcast by Ask an Astronomer
Read this Q&A with Martyn Wells, an optical engineer who oversaw the optical design of the MIRI instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope.