Educating the younger generation (and the public) in UV effects with a simple experiment

Turner, Joanna and Parisi, Alfio V. and Downs, Nathan (2013) Educating the younger generation (and the public) in UV effects with a simple experiment. In: 6th Asia & Oceania Conference on Photobiology (AOCP 2013): Life on a Sun-Drenched Planet, 10-13 Nov 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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One of the key issues today with carrying across the message of the effects of ultraviolet radiation and its impact on people today, is providing a simple and effective means that is easy to understand for the younger generation and in turn the general public. There is a simple and easy to present experiment to explain this effect. The product is easy and safe to use, acts quickly for a fast effective presentation (being visible after minimal time and little processing) and can be used for very young children to explain what occurs when UV radiation is present around them. The product is a commercially available paper and is relatively cheap. The experiment itself is not new, and has been commonly presented in Chemistry experiments at University level, and more commonly used by artists and photographers. This presentation will detail how simple the experiment really is, and provide some new physical analysis on the product itself, which up until now has never been explored.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 01:52
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 03:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: UV radiation; science education
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960299 Atmosphere and Weather not elsewhere classified

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