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Invisible Sunblock


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Invisible Sunblock

In this activity, learners find out why some mineral sunblock rubs in clear. Learners compare nano and non-nano sunblocks and discover how particle size affects visibility.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Black construction paper
  • Cotton swabs
  • Zinc oxide diaper cream
  • Nano zinc sunblock (look for a formula with zinc oxide that says it goes on clear)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Muscles and Skin
      • Health and Nutrition
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Electromagnetic Spectrum
      • Reflection and Refraction
      • Sunlight and Color
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Sciencenter, ©2012

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0532536
  • National Science Foundation, 0940143

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