Kaleidoscope​ Build Project (Grade 4)

Grade: Four

This is an open-ended project where students use technological problem-solving skills to design, build, and test a creative form of artistic design - a kaleidoscope that makes use of the properties of light.

Your task is to build a prototype or model of a kaleidoscope. You will need to prepare a design portfolio that includes the information needed to complete the building project. Information to include would be: the plans/diagrams, instructions, materials list, problems that might be encountered and how to solve these and any other additional advice you might feel is necessary to know for making a kaleidoscope.

OCTE Conference 2010

Sample kaleidoscope

Tools and Materials

  • Dowel
  • Mirrorr
  • Tape
  • Cardstock
  • Markers
  • Beads, Sparkles, Sequins
  • Paper punch
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Clear plastic film (overhead transparencies)
  • Saw
  • Clamp