Investigating Heat Transfer – Ultraviolet Radiation

Part of the "Solar Cooking" Collection


Students will observe the effects of solar radiation.

Estimated Time

45 Minutes

Setting Required



  • S3P1. Students will investigate how heat is produced and the effects of heating and cooling, and will understand a change in temperature indicates a change in heat.
    • c. Investigate the transfer of heat energy from the sun to various materials.


  • Ultraviolet-detecting solar bead (1 per student)
  • Pipe cleaner (1 per student)


  1. Provide each student with a pipe cleaner and an ultraviolet-detecting solar bead to create a bracelet.
  2. Observe the effects of solar radiation on the ultraviolet-detecting solar bead while in full sunlight and in full shade.