Half Term Activity – How to Make a Pinhole Camera

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent 

The October half term is almost upon us and if history tells us anything, it’s that a week of rain is a near cert. 

Rainy days are a staple of the good old British weather, so parents across the UK will be working around the clock to try to prevent the dreary days from dampening the kids’ spirits.

Thankfully, the Royal Institution’s L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre has created a step-by-step video on how to create your very own pinhole camera. Using simple materials from around the house, making a pinhole camera provides hours of fun for children and adults alike. All you need is black card, a drinks can, photographic paper and a needle, and you are good to go.

The pinhole camera not only introduces children and young people to the science of optics and how light can be manipulated to make images, it is also a great way to help instil a deeper understanding of the roots of digital technology.

Pinhole Camera Image

Dedicated to connecting people to the world of science and technology, the Royal Institution’s (RI) L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC), was established to encourage children to take part in hands-on experiments in a state-of-the-art professional laboratory and spark a lifelong passion for science.

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