How to Create a Real World Lightsaber

This lesson explores the physics behind a lightsaber (the weapon of the Jedi in the popular Star Wars movie franchise), how to bend lasers, and how it is possible to craft a lightsaber. This lesson would fit nicely into a physics unit on light and lenses.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

First, ask students what a lightsaber is and how they think a lightsaber works. Have a discussion about this topic by asking students to describe the characteristics of a lightsaber, what it is used for, etc. After this discussion, the first embedded YouTube video can be shown.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, Eleventh, Film, Ninth, Science, Television, Tenth

Anthony Naclerio

Anthony Naclerio Tony Naclerio is a curriculum writer and experienced Science educator. Tony specializes in merging video games, music, movies, and other forms of entertainment with life science principles. Tony believes that the key to teaching science is showing how science can apply to everyday life. Science is, in its purest sense, a way to understand the world around you, and in turn, yourself.