Laser Lantern

Ages 9-16+



Build a lantern that zaps on and off with the power of a laser pointer! Learn to engineer with circuits and switches, construct the lantern body, and harness the amazing power of light. Then explore the science behind lasers and how they do all the amazing things they do — from lighting up rooms to vaporizing cloth to even catching criminals!

Includes illustrated blueprint instructions, materials, and a special-edition Tinker Zine magazine to learn more about amazing hydraulic machines.


  • Assemble the switches
  • Wire the circuit
  • Construct the lantern
  • Bring your lantern somewhere dark and get ready to laser it on!


  • Science of Lasers
  • Photosensitivity
  • Laser Experiments

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