Summary of Activities:
This set of activities explores ultraviolet light -- what it is, where it comes from, how
we can detect it, and what effects it has upon us and our Earth.
Using (inexpensive to order) UV sensitive beads, the students test the
beads with various levels of sunscreen protection, as well as the quality of UV protecting
sunglasses. Surprises await when using the beads on cloudy days.
Duration of activities, student prerequisites, teacher preparation, relationship to national standards, assessments,
and materials are detailed in the study guides.
The first two activities are appropriate for middle elemantary through adulthood, and are designing to quickly introduce the
concepts. The last three activities, designed to go into more depth, are generated for grades 2-4, 5-8, and 9-12.
Ultraviolet beads can be obtained from:
Educational Innovations, Inc.