On a quick trip into school, Mrs. Brinza perused through the science probe cabinet to find that there is indeed a device to measure light! How cool!
We used the light meter in our model (it was too challenging to take pictures of what this looked like while having the laptop camera visible to students and holding the sensor itself), so we'll just have to make due with the data table itself.
We used the light meter to gather data on all the parts of our model, and for the parts of some of the materials we're thinking are a part of our models. Check out the data below!
1. Everything reflects some amount of light if light is present.
2. If there's no light, no light can be measured as reflecting or transmitting.
3. Our characters (and even Mrs. Brinza) reflect light even though they're not shiny like a mirror or glass.
4. A one-way mirror does indeed reflect and transmit light. It reflects more light that it transmits.
5. A regular mirror is different than a one-way mirror as it doesn't transmit any light! It reflects A LOT!
6. A clear object (in this case Mrs. Brinza had a clear plastic lid) reflects some light and transmits a whole lot!
All this data collection is helping us to better explain what happens with the light as it interacts with different materials. Is there a way to model this? And see at a zoomed-in level what is really going on with the light when it reaches different materials? We shall see!