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STEM for Kids Online Resources

Mystic Aquarium is sharing fun and free resources for families to access from home through our STEM Mentoring for the Planet program. This week's theme:

Optical Illusions 😵

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Optical Illusions and How They Work  

Learn what optical illusions are and how they work from The American Museum of Natural History’s OLogy website. Also check out some mind-bending illusions.  

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Explore More Optical Illusions 

Watch this live science show from the Pacific Science Center to learn more about optical illusions. Then try these activities: Blind Spot and Hole in the Hand, Creating an After-Image, and Illusion of Force Perspective.  

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10 Amazing DIY Optical Illusions  

Watch this video from Quirkology to learn about ten amazing optical illusions and how to make them yourself.  

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3D Optical Illusion Hand Picture   

Check out this fun art project to learn how to make a 2D drawing of your hand look like it is 3D.  

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Swedish Fishing 

Try this simple activity from Optics 4 Kids to explore how your eyes can be tricked when light travels through different substances. You will be rewarded with a candy treat! Then explore more optical illusions.  

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