UV Color-Changing Beads From Steve Spangler Science
Learn about the presence of ultraviolet light with the amazing color-changing bead set from Steve Spangler Science. Just because we can’t see ultraviolet rays doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. With our special UV-detector beads, kids will learn that they are indeed present, even on cloudy and overcast days. Our special UV-sensitive beads are a fantastic activity for older elementary children, but 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 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 beads to teach kids about the 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 some comparisons. You could find several different types of medicine bottles and test to see which one is the most effective in blocking the beads from the damaging UV rays. Another idea is to examine the UV-blocking powers of different sunglasses. You can also test different sunscreens by placing the beads in a zipper-lock bag and covering the bag in sunscreen.
Remember that you have to keep all other factors the same. Use the same light sources and the same number of 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 The Sunscreen SPF Test, 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. It doesn’t do the work for you, but you wouldn’t want that anyway, right? It does, however, provide you with a template to follow to ensure that you practice the scientific method, controlling your variables and documenting your discoveries.
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