Mini Spectrometer by pansono

This week, we are featuring this clever Mini Spectrometer designed to be used with a Smartphone shared on YouMagine by pansono.

This shape of this object lends itself well to the “Describe and Draw It” activity. It also provides a good object to use for the “Research It” and “Explain It” activities. Students can be tasked to research Spectrometers then explain how the spectrometer works.

The Spectrometer print makes a great low cost classroom resource for introducing light to younger students, demonstrating how light can be split into separate colours. Older students could work in small groups to print and assemble their own spectrometers, and the devices can be used to investigate light, this makes a nice STEM Club or Science project.

Useful Links

  • Download the 3D Print files and learn more about this object from YouMagine: Mini Spectrometer

Suggested Activities

The Mini Spectrometer works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:

  • Describe & Draw It
  • Research It
  • Explain It

Download the Object of the Week Teacher Guide and accompanying resources to find out more.

About Object of the Week

“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the Create Education Project to provide regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing.

A series of stand-alone classroom activities have been developed to support the project. The activities allow students to:

  • use their imagination
  • develop speaking and listening skills
  • develop descriptive and creative writing skills
  • be creative
  • develop research, evaluation and presentation skills
  • explore future careers
  • learn how real life problems are solved
  • develop their own solutions

The open-ended activities are designed to be cross-curricular, for use across of range of ages/levels and weekly objects are selected to cover a range of applications and subject areas. Some objects may provide a platform for introducing or expanding on a specific topic area or as a springboard to a class project. Ideas for taking it further will be provided where applicable.

Resources include a comprehensive Teacher Guide which provides an overview of each activity and suggestions for how to deliver the activity in class. PowerPoint Interactive Classroom Activity Slides and a set of Student Worksheets are also available to support the activities. These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.

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