Light Show

Making shadows, seeing our reflection in the mirror and rainbows in the sky are all to do with light. Our everyday world depends on light but have you stopped to think about what light is and how it behaves? Get ready to spin the mirror ball, with this bright, bouncy, colourful show as we explore the science of light.

The Light Show explores a number of scientific concepts such as:

  • We need light to see
  • Light is energy
  • Light travels in a straight direction
  • Shadows can be formed if we block light.
  • Light can bounce (reflection).
  • White light is made up of all the colours of visible light.  
  • Light can bend (refraction).
  • Mixing coloured lights to make secondary colours.
  • Laser light

The Light Show is presented as an added opportunity for learning and fun within the Sciencentre.

Show topics and times may vary on weekends and public holidays, and are subject to change without notice. Show times on weekdays during school term are dependent on school bookings.
Please check latest information upon arrival at the Sciencentre.


Learning Objectives and Curriculum

  • Understand that science is part of everyday life.
  • To promote the fun, excitement and curiosity of science. 
  • Engage with materials (either real or role play).
  • Explore scientific concepts such as light energy,  shadows, reflection, refraction, white light, coloured light, primary and secondary colours, light travels in a straight direction, light can travel in a vacuum, laser light and more.
  • Question and explore natural phenomena, make observations, predict outcomes and test group ideas.
  • Explain natural phenomena and make links between their observations and the everyday world.

The Light Show supports investigation of concepts in the Physical Sciences sub-strand in the Australian Curriculum. Students will also apply Science Inquiry Skills, including questioning, predicting, observing cause and effect relationships and explaining.

During the show the following curriculum-based, scientific concepts may be explored:

Physical Sciences

  • Light is produced from a range of sources and can be sensed.
  • Light is a form of energy.
  • Light can form shadows.
  • Light can be absorbed, reflected, transmitted and refracted.
  • White light is made up of all the wavelengths of visible light (the colours of the rainbow), a narrow band on the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Laws of Reflection and Total Internal Reflection
  • A wave model explains some of the behaviour of light.

Chemical Sciences

  • Materials have a range of properties and these properties can influence their use.

The show will be tailored to meet the needs of the target audience, with age-appropriate language and concepts.

Learning Resources

The Queensland Museum has a range of loans kits and models available for the classroom to support the study of light in the classroom. This includes:

  • Light Kit which contains equipment to explore reflection and refraction.
  • Hodson Light Box kit which contains equipment to experiment with light reflection, refraction, energy changes from light to heat, laser light.
  • Energy Kit which contains equipment to explore electricity including transforming electrical energy into light energy and vice versa.

Visit the QM loans website for a searchable database and borrowing details.


Event Details

03 October 2016 - 23 June 2017
Level 1 Sciencentre
Free with Sciencentre Admission