Spring Maker Workshop: The Eyes Have It – Pinhole Cameras and Eyeball Dissection

Make your own Pinhole Projectors and do Eyeball Dissection during WonderLab’s  Spring Maker Workshop. Learn how light behaves and how images are projected. Make your own pinhole projector that you can use to safely view the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse.

In a pinhole projector the image you see is upside down. This is because light coming in through the small hole travels in a straight line. This is true of our eyes as well. The pupil is the hole of the pinhole projector, so why do we not see the world upside down? What is it about our eyes, our other senses, and our brains that allow us to see the world right side up?

Other than the shape of the pupil a cow’s eye and a human’s eye are similar in structure and function. Come and use the scientific method in dissecting a cow’s eye. Learn  how our eyes work and hypothesize why our world is not viewed upside down.

Activities include: 

  • Make a pinhole projector in a box for solo viewing of the solar eclipse.
  • Make a cardboard project that can be used by multiple people for solar eclipse viewing.
  • Dissect a cow eyeball.

Disclaimer: The 2024 Maker Workshop series at WonderLab is dedicated to educating the museum’s community about astronomy through the lens of product design. These programs are developed in the effort to reach an older audience and engage them in continued scientific learning. Participants are encouraged to work alone, work together, and work creatively.  

This event is made possible by generous funding from The Simons Foundation.

Recommended Ages: 8 years +

Dates and Times: 

  • Saturday, April 6, 2024
  • 10am – 4pm or until supplies run out

What’s Included in the Ticket Price: 

  • All materials and guidance –  no prior experience required!

Ticket prices:

  • Free with Museum Admission
  • Registration is required

Register: https://64603.blackbaudhosting.com/64603/The-Eyes-Have-It

This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is a part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

Presented in Partnership: Part of the Solar Eclipse Series presented by the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, WonderLab and Science on the Screen.The Science on Screen® initiative brings science to cinemas nationwide and is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This series puts together creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.