Third Grade Science Fair UV experiment

1st February, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 6 Comments

A third grader in North Carolina submitted this video of data that she collected pertaining to absorption of UV light with a variety of sunscreens.  Thank you to Bryanna in Guilford County Schools, NC for sharing your findings.  Click on the link to see her stunning results! What are some additional ways that you could use UV beads with your students?



February 22nd, 2010 at 8:28 pm    

My students and I enjoyed watching the video seeing another student explain an experiment on how sunlight can be measured. They really enjoyed seeing a student explain an experiment instead of just me telling them. Bryanna is the mini version of the Magic School Bus. My students can’t wait to make UV Bracelets to wear on the playground. I wonder how they will react on rainy days or cloudy days?


February 24th, 2010 at 8:26 pm    

Sara, I teach third grade in South Carolina and my students wondered the same thing. After reading your post I posed that question to my students to see what they predicted. They were shocked to see that even when it is raining or cloudy the uv beads were still activated and turned colors. I also loved seeing the video of a real student and so did my students. I projected the video on the projector screen and the kids wanted to watch it over and over again. They felt like they were in a movie theater.


February 24th, 2010 at 8:39 pm    

My students love to make necklaces using the assorted UV beads on pipe cleaners during a science station. After they record their necklace in their science notebook and head outside they love to record the color patterns. I found it a great way to integrate math patterns and light absorption for my 5th graders.


April 23rd, 2010 at 12:33 pm    

Very good information! You write it very clean. I’m very lucky to get

this info from you.


April 24th, 2010 at 6:27 am    

Thanks for this great post!


May 12th, 2010 at 2:30 pm    

Thank you for useful info. :-)

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