This is a classroom lab for grades 6-12 designed to allow students to compare the action of a pinhole camera and a lens camera. It gives directions for setting up a carbon filament lamp as the light source, plus technical tips provided by a physicist for getting best results. Required materials include a +7D lens and the pinhole camera itself, which can be constructed by students (see below for link). This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre. SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for a link to detailed instructions for building the pinhole camera box.


  • Education > General
  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9


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