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Spectrograph Educational Resources DLESE Reviewed Collection
This product includes lesson plans, hands-on activities, videos, and PowerPoint presentations relating to spectroscopy and solar science. It is designed as an enhancement to the Stanford spectrographs,. Contents:1. Fingerprints in Sunlight: explaind the phenomena of spectral lines. 2. Fingerprints in Starlight: An enhanced version of Fingerprints in Sunlight, appropriate for a high school Honors or AP chemistry course 3. Sun to Earth: Aims to introduce the concept of studying the Sun with spectroscopy. 4. Sun and Stars 5-8: Lessons that introduce spectroscopy and the Sun for grades 5-8. 5. Sun and Stars 2-4: Lessons to introduce the Sun and its colors to grades 2-4. Introduces concept of light and spectrum by using a diffraction grating. 6. Colors of the Sun video 7. Colors and Motions of the Sun video: Expands upon the Colors of the Sun video by including information on how scientists can study the Sun. For 9-12 graders. 8. Colors and motions of the Sun Supplement: DVD supplement to the Colors and Motions of the Sun video. Describes NASA?s Solar Dynamics Observatory. 9. Spectrograph class sets (45 per set, includes poster, gratings, and instructions).
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
    • Presentation / Demo
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
An order form is available on the web at: We also accept orders by regular mail. The spectrographs are free and come complete with diffraction gratings. However, there is a $7 charge for shipping each class set (45 spectrographs). The products being reviewed come on a disc that accompanies the spectrographs.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-632
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Deborah Scherrer
Stanford University

Author: Stanford Solar Center