Children ages seven through 13 will experiment with radiant energy and the concept of refraction to develop a lighting system made out of recycled materials. Water bottle–based systems like the ones patrons create in this activity are in use in several impoverished areas.
Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance. Explore Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.