UV Color-Changing Beads From Steve Spangler Science
Learn about the presence of ultraviolet light with amazing UV Color-Changing Beads from Steve Spangler Science. Just because we can’t see ultraviolet rays doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. With our special UV beads, kids will learn that ultraviolet rays are indeed present, even on cloudy and overcast days. Our special UV-sensitive beads are a fantastic activity for older elementary children, and they’re guaranteed fun for kids and adults alike.
UV Beads + You = Hours of Colorful Fun
With our UV detector beads, you can string together bracelets or necklaces with the white beads. When you step outside, the ultraviolet-sensitive pigment will change the beads’ color from white to an assortment of blue, green, orange, purple, red and yellow. Our UV detector beads are so sensitive that they will detect the presence of UV rays, even on a cloudy day. Your budding young scientist will learn that UV light is all around them, even when they can’t see it. Bring the color-changing beads inside, and they will revert back to white once they are no longer exposed to UV rays. These solar beads will change over and over again without fading and will make for unforgettable arts and crafts projects.
The Science Behind Our UV-Sensitive Beads
Ultraviolet (UV) light is the invisible radiation that will give you a sunburn and injure your eyes if you’re not careful. UV Color-Changing Beads harness the power of ultraviolet rays to change colors right before your eyes. Use the UV beads to teach kids about ultraviolet radiation and begin a discussion about the care that needs to be taken to prevent skin damage caused by the sun.
Choose UV Beads for Your Science Fair Project
To turn the UV beads into a science fair project, you have to change something (identify a variable), run some tests and make comparisons. For one UV bead test variable, you could find several different types of medicine bottles and test to see which bottle is the most effective in blocking the color-changing beads from the damaging UV rays. Another UV bead test variable idea is to examine the UV-blocking powers of different sunglasses. As a final test idea, you can test different sunscreens by placing the color-changing beads in a zipper-lock bag and covering the bag with sunscreen.
Remember that you have to keep all other factors the same. Use the same light sources and the same number of color-changing beads. There are many other ways to use these UV beads for a science fair project. We have written up a sample science fair experiment called Revealing UV with Color-Changing Beads, which walks you through this project step-by-step. If you are interested in a simple, straightforward and quick science fair project, be sure to check it out. The experiment is a great way to explore our UV color-changing beads, as well as learn how to follow the scientific method with controlled variables. When running these UV bead experiments, don’t forget to document your discoveries!
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