Sunblocks & Sunscreens
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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Measure the effectiveness of different sunscreen products for blocking ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays from sunlight. [E]
Detemnine whether there is a significant difference in the protection given against UV rays by sunscreens at SPF 30 and up. [E]
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Find out if dandelion extract had superior UV protection properties when tested against SPF 15, 30, and 50 Coppertone sunscreens. [E]
How Does the Type and Color of a Material Affect Its Ability to Block UV Radiation? [E]
Automobile Window Tinting: Impacts on UV Penetration [E] [E]
Determine whether or not being waterproof affects the SPF level of a sunscreen. [E]
Which objects or substances are best at blocking out ultraviolet rays? [P]
Find out whether the tint or shade of sunglasses determines the amount of protection it provides against UV light, and whether it is worth paying higher prices for brand name sunglasses. [E]
Detect Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation by Using Newsprint [E]
Comparing Effectiveness of Titanium Dioxide with Oxybenzone in Protecting Serratia marcescens against UV Radiation [E]
What Is the Effect of Various Window Coverings on the Temperature of the Enclosed Area? [E]
Effectiveness of Sunblocks in Reducing UVA Exposure: Sprays vs. Lotions [E]
The Effects of Glass and Plastic Protective Covers on Paper Fading [E]
Determining How Effective RIT Sun Guard and Scotchgard Are at Blocking UVR after Multiple Washes [E]
Can Sunscreens and Sunglasses Really Protect against UV Rays? [E]
How Do Sunblocks and Sunscreens Compare? [E]
Is Sunscreen SPF for Real? [E]
What Type of Sunglasses Are Best under UV Light? [E]
Determine if the application of Scotch-gard (fabric protector) and RIT Sun Guard (laundry additive) can increase the ability of a fabric to block ultraviolet radiation. [E]
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Make a natural sunscreen without harmful chemicals found in commercial sunscreens while maintaining effective UVA protection. [P]
What brand and SPF of sunscreen absorbs the most UVA and UVB rays? [P]
The development of a daily-use sunscreen soap [E]
How long it takes for monofilament to degrade when continuously exposed to UV (ultraviolet) radiation? [E]
The effects of ultraviolet light on the depressions in CH (Carbon Hydrogen) plastic films [E]
Do Sunscreens and Sunglasses Block UV Light? [E]
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