UV and Skin Lab

This design lab allows students to look at popular products that claim to protect you from UV and conduct an experiment to find out if they work. From price of sunglasses to brands of sunscreen, students design a guiding question and develop a lab procedure. The attached Numbers doc guides them through the steps of the experimental process and gives them a place to collect experimental results.  

Images of students doing the lab

In my class, we use Pasco sensors to collect data on UV, but a less expensive version of this lab can be done using simple UV sensitive beads, available on Amazon.

Students design charts and graphs to display their experimental data and develop conclusions based on evidence and research. 

Example of data table and graph
At the conclusion of the lab, students create a social media post to share what they have learned with others and then complete a portfolio reflection of their learning. Students use this template to submit their final product for assessment.


Social Media post explaining lab results


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Posted on October 03, 2023

Great Lab Idea. I have used the beads before and they work well. Do you include this lab in your Anatomy Class? During Integumentary system?

Posted on October 03, 2023

Yep - we are doing it right now after learning about structures and functions of integumentary system :)

Posted on October 04, 2023

Important topic for all Jodie. Love that your students design the guiding questions and lab procedure. That certainly is what makes the lesson powerful! Thanks for sharing your approaches.

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