Light and Sight - Local navigation

User tools

Light and Sight

Light and Sight

If there is no light, there is no sight

Explore this context and learn more about the basics of light, how we see and how we perceive the world around us.

Learn more about this context »

Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Light and Sight.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Light and Sight.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

Collections | Connections | Context overview (PDF 59 kB)


    Light basics

    Light is a form of energy produced by a light source. Light is made of photons that travel very fast. Photons of light behave like both waves and particles.

    Read more »


    Ophthalmology research

    Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson’s research is in the field of ophthalmology – a scientific field of study that is concerned with anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.

    Read more »


    Colours of light

    Light is made up of wavelengths of light, and each wavelength is a particular colour. The colour we see is a result of which wavelengths are reflected back to our eyes.

    Read more »


    Depth perception

    Seeing with two eyes helps people to judge distances and to see in 3D, but even using one eye, there are many clues to give people depth perception. Depth perception using computers is more...

    Read more »


How we see 3D

Dr Adrian Dorrington explains how the brain interprets the images our two eyes receive....


NZ Research Collection

NZ Research Collection collection.
NZ Research Collection collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Light and...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Light and Sight. Click on a name to find out...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Light and...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the key advances in ideas about light.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Light and...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered in the Light and Sight context.

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images and video clips that relate to Light and Sight.

Science Learning Hub Survey 2014

Dear Hub visitor,

You're invited to participate in an online survey about the New Zealand Science Learning Hub. This survey was designed to help Hub staff enhance and develop further the site. This is different from our November 2013 survey, so even if you took part in that survey, we would appreciate you taking this survey as well.

Take the survey