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In this inquiry-based investigation, children use ultraviolet detection beads to explore unseen energy produced by the Sun. The experiment, developed by NASA, is presented in the context of the Messenger spacecraft: how can a craft be designed to withstand the proximity to planet Mercury without melting? The lesson is completely turn-key, with printable worksheets, data table, warm-up and reflection questions, and detailed background information. Don't miss the pattern for building a model of the Messenger spacecraft, complete with sunshade and solar "panels".    

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EM spectrum, UV experiment, UV light experiment, electromagnetic radiation, elementary energy lesson, light, light energy, light waves, radiant energy, spectrum
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

1. The Nature of Science

1A. The Scientific Worldview
  • 3-5: 1A/E2. Science is a process of trying to figure out how the world works by making careful observations and trying to make sense of those observations.
1B. Scientific Inquiry
  • 3-5: 1B/E1. Scientific investigations may take many different forms, including observing what things are like or what is happening somewhere, collecting specimens for analysis, and doing experiments.
  • 3-5: 1B/E2b. One reason for following directions carefully and for keeping records of one's work is to provide information on what might have caused differences in investigations.
1C. The Scientific Enterprise
  • 3-5: 1C/E1. Science is an adventure that people everywhere can take part in, as they have for many centuries.

4. The Physical Setting

4E. Energy Transformations
  • 3-5: 4E/E2c. A warmer object can warm a cooler one by contact or at a distance.
4F. Motion
  • 3-5: 4F/E3. Light travels and tends to maintain its direction of motion until it interacts with an object or material. Light can be absorbed, redirected, bounced back, or allowed to pass through.

11. Common Themes

11C. Constancy and Change
  • 3-5: 11C/E2b. Often the best way to tell which kinds of change are happening is to make a table or graph of measurements.

12. Habits of Mind

12A. Values and Attitudes
  • 3-5: 12A/E2. Offer reasons for claims and consider reasons suggested by others.
12D. Communication Skills
  • 3-5: 12D/E3. Use numerical data in describing and comparing objects and events.
  • 3-5: 12D/E4. Read simple tables and graphs produced by others and describe what the tables and graphs show.
  • 3-5: 12D/E7. Write a clear and accurate description of a real-world object or event.

NSES Content Standards

Con.A: Science as Inquiry
  • K-4: Understandings about Scientific Inquiry
Con.B: Physical Science
  • K-4: Properties of Objects & Materials
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Is Associated With NASA: Mercury Messenger Mission

The home page of NASA's Messenger Mission, contains timeline, spacecraft design, flyby event coverage, instrumentation, and resources for educators & learners.

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Is Supplemented By Video: UV Detection Beads

A 5-minute video produced by Steve Spangler Science that explains how UV detection beads work and shows a related experiment.

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