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Lab-Aids: Introduction to Radioactivity and Half-Life Experiment Kit - STEMfinity
  • SKU: LAB-450

Lab-Aids: Introduction to Radioactivity and Half-Life Experiment Kit


Lab-Aids: Introduction to Radioactivity and Half-Life Experiment Kit

The goal of this highly interesting kit is to simplify a complex task: The investigation of half-life. The general concepts of radioactivity and half-life are explored using the material in this Lab-Aid. Using simulated plastic radioactive atoms (simulats), each student conducts a series of activities that provide graphable data. 

Student then perform a series of calculation measuring Carbon 14, a radioactive carbon which has been used to date plant and animal remains. Students can easily grasp the general concept of radioactivity and half-life determination through this kit. Completed in a single lab period, this activity can also be used to enhance student math skills. All materials in this kit, for 30 students, is reusable.
Scientific Concepts:
  • Investigate concepts of half-life and radioactivity
  • Calculate amount of carbon-14 found in a sample embedded in amber and 28,000 year old charcoal
  • Calculate the age of pollen by carbon-14 dating

Content List:
  • 1 Teachers Guide
  • 30 Student Worksheets and Guides with data chart
  • 15 Simulated radioactive atoms (simulats), plastic, sets
  • 15 Shakers

Classroom Planning:
  • To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period
  • Number of Students: 30