Safer with Science-Masks

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Why should we wear masks? Do masks work? Do some masks work better than others? Learners find out in this activity. Through experimentation learners will see how masks really work to keep us all safe. All learners need is a mask, a spray bottle, and a light to discover how they work. Included in this activity is an activity guide with background information, optional materials, and step by step instructions. There's even a video with real doctors on why we should wear masks for our safety.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Flashlight or Laser Pointer
  • Spray Bottle or Mister
  • Water
  • Variety of Face Masks
  • Paper Towel, Fabric pieces, or other materials
  • to test (optional)
  • Serving Tongs (optional)
  • Jar or Cup (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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  • Life and Science at Home


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