In this activity, students use UV beads to investigate the effectiveness of different sunscreen lotions.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • explain the connection between UV rays from the Sun and sunburn
  • explain how our skin can be protected through the use of sunscreen
  • explain the Sun protection factor (SPF) and how it relates to different levels of protection.

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    Published 29 July 2008, Updated 1 March 2013