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Use a Drop of Water as Magnifying Glass

Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Magnifying glass, lens, optics, light
An example of a water drop lens magnifying letters as explored in this science activity.

Introduction

Are you ready to bend light, magnify letters, and have fun with drops of water—all while getting a glimpse into how lenses work? Lenses are the key components in eyeglasses, contact lenses, binoculars, telescopes, and magnifying glasses, just to name a few devices. With this activity, a homemade magnifying glass is only a drop away!

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • A newspaper page
  • Two rulers with metric measurements on them, preferably with dark markings
  • One transparency film or clear sheet protector
  • Drinking glass with water
  • Medicine dropper (optional)
    Materials needed for the science activity that examines the magnification a water drop can create.

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Magnifying glass, lens, optics, light