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Blueprint T-Shirts—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6879 

Price: $91.00

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With the Blueprint T-Shirts Chemistry Laboratory Kit, students use UV radiation from the sun to produce personalized, one-of-a-kind T-shirts! UV light striking the iron salt-soaked fabric causes a light-activated redox reaction to occur.

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Sure to be a student favorite! Use ultraviolet radiation from the sun to produce personalized, one-of-a-kind T-shirts! Photosensitive T-shirts are prepared by soaking white T-shirts in a solution containing two iron salts, ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The next day, when the shirts are dry, the students place opaque objects on the shirts and then expose them to direct sunlight for about 20 minutes. UV light striking the fabric causes a light-activated redox reaction to occur. Areas exposed to light turn dark blue due to the formation of Prussian blue while areas that are shielded from the UV light do not react and remain white. Rinsing the T-shirt with water removes any unreacted salts and reveals the blueprint—a sharp white imprint of the object on a dark blue background. Includes reproducible student handouts, with detailed background information and complete Teacher Notes with answers to all questions.

Complete for 30 students working individually. White, cotton T-shirts are required but not included.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Ferric ammonium citrate, 550g, 2
Potassium ferricyanide, 550 g

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
HS-PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS1-4. Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.