Beyond the Rainbow – The Invisible World

Take a journey beyond the rainbow in this whistle-stop tour of the electromagnetic spectrum. What do mobile phones, microwaves, suntans, night-vision cameras and your radio have in common? Why does your mobile phone make your radio click, and how do X-rays see through your skin?See how light can be polarised and find out why the sky is blue. Play ‘guess the object’ in our thermal imaging picture game, and listen to the way your TV remote control sounds! By getting to grips with the wavelength and frequency of different types of radiation, all will become clear!

“There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils. Your presence was definitely good for physics and for science in general” – School Headmaster


Learning Objectives

Key Stage 4

After watching the show Key stage 4 pupils should:

  • Develop an understanding that the electromagnetic spectrum is a range of radiation with differing wavelengths and properties
  • Understand the terms wavelength and frequency and how they relate to electromagnetic waves
  • Understand the differences between sound waves and light waves
  • Understand that white light is one small part of the electromagnetic spectrum – and the only part that is visible to the human eye
  • Be able to list a number of different types of electromagnetic radiation from the following list (gamma rays, X-rays, ultra-violet, visible light, infrared, microwave, radio wave)
  • Gain an awareness of the uses and applications of electromagnetic radiation in every day life
  • Gain an awareness of which forms of radiation can be dangerous to the human body and which are considered mostly safe
  • Understand that all electromagnetic waves can be polarised and observe polarisation in action using visible light



60 minutes

Suggested audiences

  • Ages 11 and over
  • General public adult groups

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector screen
  • Two long tables
  • Ability to darken room
What people say about us

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    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School