Just when I thought STEAM camp couldn’t get any better...
That’s right, holograms.
I stumbled upon the idea of turning your phone/electronic device into a hand held hologram device a while back. I thought it would be too difficult and let it slide by.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I was putting together my plans for STEAM camp…
I was struggling. I knew I wanted to do catapult action painting for day one, but I needed another activity to teach on day two. I was cleaning out my e-mails and I found the e-mail my STEM teacher (aka the best person ever) sent me about the hologram devices. I decided to give it a try.
I made my practice hologram alone in my classroom and went into my dark storage closet to try it out.
I screamed (probably too loudly) and ran around the school showing every adult I saw. Every. Adult. Not only can this project be super easy, but it is also AWESOME.
I went to this website:
How To Make A Smartphone-Powered Hologram
Not only does the have an amazingly easy pattern to follow, it breaks things down so even I could understand it.
Then I showed the kids this video.
Even though the video used a different material (CD cases instead of old transparencies), he does a really good job of explaining the process and showing a finished product. He showed off some examples and the kids oohed and awed over it.
I did a quick demo for the project, gave them some tips on creasing the folds in the transparency, and let them begin.
Students were given the following materials:
Transparency sheets (the thicker the better)
Pattern sheets (on the website above)
Sharpies (to trace pattern)
The students traced their pattern on the transparency sheets. They cut their pattern out, folded it, taped it, and jumped up and down waiting for the next step. Literally.
If you search prism videos on google or YouTube there is a plethora of options. Here are some of the videos my students liked:
Top 3 Video