The Spectrum Laboratory: Towards Authentic Inquiry for All

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The Spectrum Laboratory is an online data visualization tool and associated set of investigations that supports students in learning about light, color, and the electromagnetic spectrum by working with authentic scientific spectral data. The research study investigates factors that hinder or promote students' reasoning about spectra; and to determine how the curriculum can help students to use spectra to explore interesting questions about the world while gaining fluency with a range of important science practices.

Co-PI(s): Susan Sunbury, Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Philip Sadler, Harvard University

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