Stanford Solar Center
About the Sun For Students For Educators Space Weather Monitors Ancient Observatories Comics Solar Folklore Solar Art & Literature

the Sun in ultraviolet light
What is Ultraviolet Light?
Experiment with UV Beads


description of the activities

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.

List of Activities:

Experimenting with UV-sensitive Beads (pdf)
A pdf that quickly explains the exercize. This is usually all you need for most grade levels.

Drive By Science UV-sensitive Beads (pdf)
A cut-down version of the activity useful for public science events.

As the Sun Burns (grades 2-4)(pdf)
Simple introduction to UV light for students in grades 2-4.

As the Sun Burns (grades 5-8 (pdf)
Experiments with UV beads, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

As the Sun Burns (grades 9-12) (pdf)
Write a report on Global Warming, ozone, or UV effects on plants and animals (biology).

©2020 by Stanford SOLAR Center · Permitted Uses · Credits