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Investigate the Science of Waves


Knowing how waves work is a key to understanding many aspects of the natural world. Dive into the fascinating world of water waves and light waves through fascinating experiments and fun craft projects.

Students will explore the science of ocean waves, currents and tsunamis. We will investigate how sand is formed by waves, and we will examine sand from beaches around the world. Students will also learn how light waves travel and which color of light travels farthest. The class will give students a basis of knowledge for further studies in physics and oceanography.

What You Will Learn


Gain an understanding of water waves and light waves through experiments and craft projects.

  • Get an overview of factors affecting the ocean circulation system, including winds, tides, Earth’s rotation, temperature and water density.
  • Conduct experiments relating to water, wind, temperature and salinity.
  • Gain an understanding of the differences between waves and currents.
  • Learn what causes tides.
  • Create models to illustrate tidal phenomena.
  • Explore how changing tides affect animals and their habitats.
  • Investigate how sand is formed by the action of waves.
  • Use prisms and mirrors to investigate how waves of colored light travel.

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Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment. 

In response to COVID-19 health guidelines, we have restructured our in-person Junior Academy workshops as online courses. Contact us at if you have questions.

Course Number: ENVR-90001
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)