Inspired by a demonstration by ADEs in Italy during Challenge to Change 2 in November 2015, Kevin and Katie Morrow decided to replicate the experience of creating holograms with iPad in 8th grade Science.
To begin, we demonstrated our own hologram example to create mystique for the students.
Create your own example first and use as a model to entice your students.
We positioned an iPad on a tall stand with a black T-shirt draped over the hologram projector. As students entered the darkened room, they could wonder about how it worked.
Next each student created their "hologram projector" by cutting out a pyramid shape that was photocopied on to an overhead transparency.
Template for the plastic pyramid
Once cut out, students folded the plastic on each of the solid edges.
Where the pyramid edges were to come together, students used scotch tape to fasten and hold up their 3-dimensional pyramid.
Each student constructed their own personal "hologram projector" to test with an iPad.
To test out their "hologram projector" students searched for ready-made hologram videos on YouTube on the iPad.
They placed a dark solid square cover on the top of their inverted pyramid. These could be cut ahead of time out of tag board or construction paper and shared.
Students practiced engineering skills by redesigning, testing, and adapting their pyramids to make them more sturdy and to help them project a clearer image.
A successful "found" hologram
Favorite characters were discovered
And students were eager to capture their successes
Allowing students to explore and discover independently elicits excitement for future development.
The next step challenged students to create their own holographic video to bring to life with their hologram projector. Students choose a topic from their current science unit and created a short script to explain or bring it to life.