The World Through Different Eyes

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Vacation Program

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 6 to 12
  • By Kiran Zaman, Program Developer

To understand seeing consider creatures who have developed eyes very different from yours.

Construct a Tarsier, a small cousin to monkeys, with large eyes that help it hunt at night.
Construct a Leopard Gecko whose pupils shrink to slits to manage bright sunlight.
Construct a Swallowtail Butterfly whose eyes detect colors in flowers that you cannot see.
Construct a colorful Mantis Shrimp sensitive to a and extraordinary rainbow of hues.
Experiment with more lenses to experience the conditions that require specialized lenses, lids, sizes and placement of eyes.

Dave Jenkins’ Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ©2014 was an invaluable resource in developing this workshop.


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