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Particles and Waves - Light is Both!

1) Light is the fastest thing in the Universe. If you could run and swim at the speed of light, you could go around the Earth 7 1/2 times in a second! 

2) Light is energy and we cannot live without it. It makes plants grow, keeps us warm and lets us see things. Just think, oil and coal come from animals and plants that lived many millions of years ago.

3) White light is actually made up of lots of different colours. Blue light is a high energy short wavelength, good for solar panels. Red light is a lower energy long wavelength, which makes us feel warm.

The World of Energy programme is a 1-day primary school STEM workshop for children in Years 5 or 6.

‘Particles & Waves’ is the second activity in the day where children in teams of 5 to 6 carry out experiments into the nature of light and magnetic fields with prisms, torches, magnets and iron filings suspended in oil.

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