Cafe Wall Illusion

Illusions are wonderful student motivators! When people realize that sometimes they cannot believe their eyes, they often want to know why. It took scientists months of research and many experiments to figure out why this simple pattern of black and white tiles outside a cafe in Bristol looked like a bunch of wedges.

Grades covered: 4 through 12
Curriculum Topics: Vision, Function of the Eye, Illusion

Standards

Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Use a model to describe that animals’ receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes |||Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Physical Science||Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer|||Gather & synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes|||Develop & use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials. [Both light & mechanical waves. ] ||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

California Standards (Click to View)

5.g. How to relate the structures of the eye and ear to their functions.||CA Science||Grade 7||05. Structure and Function in Living Systems||5. The anatomy and physiology of plants and animals illustrate the complementary nature of structure and function.

Categories include:
  • Life Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Information Processing, Waves, Light
Subjects covered: Life Science