180–200 min.

Digital Transmission

  • Technology
  • STEM
  • Science (Physical)
  • Engineering


Explore the science behind photography as students manipulate shutter speed, capture light motion trails and transmit digital images. Students will learn how a smart device camera works by identifying the wave behavior and how basic physics principles were utilized in the design, creation and transmittance of their image. Working together, they will investigate how a digital image is sent, how photo filters work and learn about the relationship between pixels and properties of light. The lesson concludes with a discussion about the real-world problems smart device cameras solve, the needs they address and careers in this field.

Student Will Learn

  • 21st Century Skills
    • Collaboration
    • Communication
  • Design Principles
    • Defining the Problem

Content Areas

  • Photography
  • Digital Media
  • Physical Science


  • Capture a digital image and manipulate shutter speed
  • Describe how a digital image is created and transmitted using properties of light
  • Explore how light waves are captured by a camera and converted to a digital image

Grade Levels


Suggested Time

  • 180–200 minutes (3-4 class sessions)