2013 Tour: Discover A New Dimension!

Join Little Shop of Physics on the 2013 tour - Discover a New Dimension! This year, we want students to discover new dimensions in science and discover new dimensions of themselves as scientists, inventors and construction engineers.

The DND tour leverages fun unexpected experiments to engage students with a thrilling "whoa!?!", and encourage them to find the scientific "why?".

For example, our Photon of the Opera exhibit uses a salad spinner to teach about how electricity and magnetism are related. What could be more unrelated than salad spinners and electromagnetism?

DND also highlights the projects that expand our senses so we can investigate dimensions science that we can’t detect with our five senses alone. Students wear diffraction glasses to view the rainbow of colors that make up white light, hold large steel bolts to feel the forces created by electricity flowing through a coil of wire, or use anaglyph glasses (3D) glasses to make shadows appear three dimensional.

Students connect science content to a exciting surprising events, which makes the new science knowledge memorable and authentic learning take place.

What Happens When the Tour Comes to School?

We kick-off each DND school visit with a short introduction. We discuss the Little Shop of Physics, science as something anyone can do and the 2013 DND tour. Our crew takes 3D photos of each group before we set the students loose to investigate our collection of hands-on interactive science exhibits.

We say "goodbye" to each student with a gift - his or her own pair of LSOP anaglyph glasses - and we encourage students to check out the 3D photos we post on the LSOP website after the visit, try our online experiments and develop their own experiments with their anaglyph glasses.

Learn more about or LSOP school visits.

Anaglyph (3D) Glasses

Make your own 3D glasses!
Homemade 3-D glasses are easy to make. Cut card stock paper in the shape of eye glasses. Cover one eyehole in red plastic wrap and one eyehole in blue plastic wrap. Ta Da! Your seeing in 3D!

Anaglyph glasses are popularly called 3D glasses because they create the illusion of viewing three-dimensional images when viewing two-dimensional objects. Anaglyph glasses became popular in the 1950’s after their emergence 3D cinema. 3D movies and media made a huge comeback in the 1990’s with blockbuster 3D hits at the box office. Anaglyph glasses make 3D media come to life!

How do anaglyph glasses work?

Anaglyph glasses have one cyan lens and one one red lens. Anaglyph photos are made by superimposing two photos taken at slightly different angles. One photo is tinted red and the other photo is tinted cyan.

With the glasses on, your brain takes the two images provided to it by each eye separately and combines them into one image that your brain interprets as a 3D image. Your surroundings appear 3D naturally because your brain receives two images provided by each eye separately and combines them into one image that your brain interprets as a 3D. Mars rovers have two cameras mounted at slightly different angles so they can take 3-D photos and provide up close and personal windows into the terrain on the mysterious red planet.

If that seems ‘deep’ it’s because it’s 3D!

Other Anaglyph Experiments

There are many fun ways to use your anaglyph glasses! Below are some ideas to get your started.

Watch our homemade anaglyphic movie

Investigate 3-D photos courtesy of NASA

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