#MakeItMonday: Shadow Science

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#MakeItMonday – Watch for DIY content Mondays throughout the summer!

 

Shadow Science
(using Q-BA-MAZE!)

You will need:

  • Q-BA-MAZE cubes
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Sidewalk/Driveway/flat space to place your build and use the chalk
  • Sunny day!

 

How to make it:

Step 1: Build your Q-BA-MAZE tower. Our build did not function as a Q-BA-MAZE marble run (functionality isn’t part of this experiment), but yours sure could!

 

Step 2: Put your build in the sun and trace it with sidewalk chalk.

 

Step 3: Leave your build in the sun and check to see how the shadow has changed! (Ours fell over in the wind – oops! – so our rebuild looks slightly different from the original, but you can still tell how much the shadow has changed.)

10 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

3 p.m.

 

Why do the shadows change?

Shadows are created when an object blocks some of the Sun’s light. The length of the shadow created depends on how high or low the Sun is in the sky.
The sun is highest around 12 p.m., and changes in respect to the horizon. If the Sun is low to the horizon the shadow will be long; if the Sun is high overhead the shadow will be short.

 

Bonus Step 4: Try to rebuild the Q-BA-MAZE cubes to recreate the new shadows!

 

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