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Learning to Use a Light Sensor

Experiment #1 from Investigating Light

Education Level
Elementary School


Is it sunny outside or cloudy? Are the lights on in your room? How bright is it where you are sitting? Is it brighter if you are close to a light bulb or next to the window? You can use a Light and Color Sensor to measure the brightness of light around you.


  • Learn to use the Light and Color Sensor.
  • Measure different light levels in your room.
  • Make letters on a graph using the Light Sensor.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following sensors and equipment. Additional equipment may be required.

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