Light and Shadow Play on Groundhog Day
Learn about groundhogs, light and shadows in an engaging hands-on experiment that will have your students thinking outside the box!
All about groundhogs + the legend
Learn about groundhogs, light and shadows with video resources and student worksheets.
Plan and perform an experiment
Design your experiment, build an LED light, construct your model and measure shadow lengths.
Interpret data + draw conclusions Use your data to interpret the Legend of Punxsutawney Phil and present your theories to peers.
Marci Klein M.D.
As an NYU-trained pediatrician with a fellowship in academic medicine, Dr. Klein creates content to support holistic learning experiences that support kids academic and social-emotional growth.
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- videos for students
- videos for educators
- Print drafting sheets
- Get materials
- Join the Contest
See sample project!
- Use your 3DuxDesign cardboard and connectors (or up-cycled shapes and tape or glue) to create a wintery scene diorama for your groundhog. Be sure to leave an area open on the front and top to shine your light from different angles.
Introduction to the project for students:
All about groundhogs and their special day:
Learn about light and shadows:
Optional opaque, transparent and translucent:
watch the video tutorial on how to run the project in class and an easy way to make the "flashlights" using basic materials
GOBOX PRO Class Kit
Go-Pack Kit for Home
Limited Edition Contest Kit
Enter 3DuxDesign’s first official Contest!
Get your engineers and scientists revved up for the 3DuxDesign Myth-Buster Contest. Teams use 3DuxDesign materials (or pick up our limited edition contest kit) with the Groundhog Day project and submit a presentation for a chance win! One team will be chosen to be featured on the 3DuxDesign Global Student Showcase. Each student from the winning team will also win a jumbo connector set.
Teams can include up to 3 students, classes can have up to 8 submissions
Each team will do the project and create a presentation to debunk the Groundhog Day myth.
Submissions may include any combination of drawings, photos, written content, video, and more!
Projects will be judged on accuracy and creativity, while we LOVE cool technology and special effects, these will not be a factor in the judging process due to limited availability of resources in some schools.
Facilitators will submit project through the link in the project page by February 28th, 2023 11:59 pm.
Prizes can be shipped to US and Canada only.
Submit presentations here
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