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Same Color, Different Materials – mini lesson for students (grade 3 to 8)

May 2023 — Students, from eleven different area schools, came to the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry campus to participate in mini lessons across campus. The Department of Environmental Resources Engineering used the STELLA in a mini lesson on the Electromagnetic Spectrum. This included brief explanations of wavelengths with activities specifically geared to the visible, infrared, and ultraviolet regions of the spectrum.

Students using STELLA with the STELLA-Dataviewer to view realtime graphs of spectral data. Photos by Karen Karker

Students chose standard colors displayed on a computer screen to see how STELLA works. The instructor demonstrated that the sensor can “see” colors that the human eye cannot see using different plants. Students participated in a discussion about using the spectral signature of a plant for identification purposes.

-Karen Karker, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry