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Science- pin-hole cameras

Posted by on November 23, 2014

On Thursday 20th November  during our science lesson, we looked at creating “pin-hole cameras”. There are a lot of photos below of us either creating them or using them.

What exactly are they?  How did we make them?  How do they work?pinhole 5 pinhole 4

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11 Responses to Science- pin-hole cameras

  1. Kansi

    I really enjoyed making the pin-hole cameras although I did start getting a little frustrated when I had to take mine apart to change it about 8 times. Also, I din’t really understand the science behind it with the pin-hole camera turning all the objects upside down. Some people did get it right though.

  2. ljj123


    First we cut five centimetres away from the bottom of a pringles tube and placed the lid on the bottom in the middle of the cut tubes and then placed tracing paper and placed selatape around it . Next we placed tin foil/aluminium foil then taped that and then made a hole in the metal bottom , and that is how we made a pin hole camera.
    It worked by the tracing paper because I turned it upside-down when the reflection turnedd in words too the light which also reflected into the lid.

  3. J.M

    I really enjoyed making the pin hole cameras but the worst thing is, mine did not work but what the main thing is, it makes you look upside down.
    we made it out of:
    1. pringles tin
    2. tin foil
    3. cellotape
    4. saw (teachers use)
    5. scissors
    that is what you need to make a pin hole camera.

  4. C.M

    On Thursday the 20th November 2014, year 6 made some pin hole cameras. The whole year group was asked to team up in groups of 3-4. They are plastic tubes that are covered with tin foil and lots of tape. The way that we made them is by getting a tube that has a cover and a bottom. Then you draw a straight line that goes around it about 5cm down. Cut through it and then you have two parts of it. Place the lid on the cut of end and then stick it down to the other end. place the tin foil on and then there you have it.

  5. K.wright

    During this last week, we have been doing a lot of science. It wasn’t just a regular science lesson. It was a creative science lesson to see how well the children follow directions, but they gave them a fun test to see how they follow directions and how easy they follow them. However it was great fun and this was to do with how the eye works and how we see things. It was also to do with world war one which was about the cameras they have. Nevertheless, they weren’t normal cameras. They were upside down cameras, which are called pinhole cameras. It was a confusing start, but in the end we had managed to work out the pinhole camera. This are the rules to make a pinhole camera and what you will need:
    • Pringles tube
    • Tinfoil
    • Hammer
    • Selotape
    • Pins
    • Blacked out jumper/cardigan
    • Saw/Scissors
    • Tracing paper
    1. Grab your pringles tube and then draw a 5cm height line around the bottom of the tube.
    2. Cut the end off.
    3. Grab the hammer and a pin and hammer a hole into the bottom of the pringles tube.
    4. Selotape the bottom of the tracing paper to the lid then selotabe the bottom off the pringles tube to the top.
    5. Wrap it up in two layers of tinfoil.
    6. Take it outside. Then put your blacked out jumper over the tube and look through the bottom of the pringles tube at someone or something moving.
    This is how you make a pinhole camera.
    By Kasey Wright

  6. TP

    Making the pin hole cameras was really fun because it was different to every other science lesson I have had so far. To be honest I don’t really understand the logic of it however when you do it you don’t think of the logic you think of how good it actually is.

  7. Kevin Y6

    Last Thursday, we were constructing a pinhole camera. We learnt that the eye transfers images upside down when an image is processed towards the brain. We made it out of a Pringles tube that was cut 5cm down for a lens and taped. The rest of the tube was covered in tinfoil to prevent light from traveling through the tube. However we forgot to add the secret step. It was to place a translucent material on the lens. Year 6 were frustrated and annoyed by it not working. We made a modification which was to place a fleece or a cardigan over your head to adapt your eyes to the dark. Although no-one explained how this could happen or the science behind it despite this it was a fun activity to do. There were some adult supervision needed since we were using a hacksaw to cut through the can. We also needed a nail and hammer to poke a hole through the can. The final product was something to be proud of and it worked! The resulting images were turned upside down and even inverted.

  8. Alicia Yr6

    Last Thursday, Year 6 investigated the world of our eyes! We learnt about the features of our eyes as well as how we see properly. Interesting facts were developed within learning as we learnt that our eyes actually take in objects upside down! When we transfer the image into the optic nerve (the tube that links to our brains), our brain recognises the object and flips it the right way round.
    To prove this point, Mandela and Churchill created pin-hole cameras that makes the image that we see upside down. We constructed the camera by using the following:
    A Pringles tube (and lid),
    Tin foil,
    A pin (and hammer).
    After a while of sticking, wrapping and hammering, Year 6 could not make the final, finished result that we desired. Churchill carefully reversed the steps to find that we needed extra tracing paper to make the lid not as transparent. Also, Mandela figured out that looking through the camera outside, helps the lighting – so we could see better. In addition to this, the year group solved that we needed something opaque over our head to shadow the image.
    When we used this technique, almost everybody was able to make a pin-hole camera that reflects on the translucent paper. The images that we could see was what we wanted: we could see the Earth in a different position, upside down!

  9. E.L

    We made a pinhole camera in science. The pinhole camera makes things upside down! It was really fun and I loved it. We made the pinhole camera by taking a pringles tube and cutting a bit 5 cm from the bottom. We then took the pringles tube lid and placed it on the top of the bit we cut off from the tube. Then we took a piece of laminator paper and put the lid on the paper. Then we drew around the lid and cut out the circle. We then placed the lid back on the small piece of pringles tube and put the laminator paper over the top. Then we selotaped the lid, small tube, big tube and the paper together. We then made a hole in the metal base of the small tube using a nail and hammer.(Ask an adult to do that bit.)We then went outside, covered ourselves and the tube with cardigans or jumper, and looked through the tube. The image should be upside down.

  10. R.S

    In the past week we have made pin-hole cameras. it is really fun and it makes you look upside down. These are the equipment we had used.

    . Pringles tube ( with lid)
    . Tin foil
    . Sellotape
    . A pin/hammer ( teachers use only)
    .Saw(teachers use only)
    . Finally we used tracing paper.
    These was one of my best days in year 6 so far.

  11. D.T

    What we made in science was making pin hole cameras. When we looked inside of them every thing was upside down, most of us had to do lots of attempts but in the end we all succeeded. The equipment needed was …

    .A Pringles tube
    .A pin and hammer
    .A saw
    .Translucent paper
    .A jumper
    These are all the materials that were used.


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