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Glow in the Dark

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Glow in the Dark

Learners experiment to see which colors of light will cause a phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) material to glow. Different colors of light have different wavelengths, and different amounts of energy. Only the colors which shine with sufficient energy can charge up the phosphorescent material enough to glow in the dark. This activity starts on p.26 of the manual. This manual contains four activities related to the Spectra: The Original Laser Superhero Force comic book published by the American Physical Society.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
      • Vibration and Waves
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories

  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Thompson-Flagg, Rebecca; Johnson, Kerry G.


  • All Rights Reserved, American Physical Society, ©2010


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