- Place the plastic shapes on the light table.
- Look at the large screen.
- Move the shapes into different patterns or add more
- Notice what happens on the screen.
A camera system captures images of the shapes on the table, and where you placed them. A computer program creates the kaleidoscope effect. A projector then shines this effect onto the screen.
The kaleidoscope was invented around 1816 and made with a tube, mirrors and pieces of colored glass. At a height of 60 feet, the world’s largest kaleidoscope is located at a Catskills New York resort.