COSM

Bioluminescence

Activity Summary
Students will explore the concept of chemiluminescence and relate it to the concept of bioluminescence by creating glowing slime, examining the effect of temperature on glow sticks, and observing a demonstration with luminol. They will be able to explain how bioluminescence is a chemical reaction, how living organisms emit light, and why this is beneficial to various organisms.

Grade Levels
9-12

Learning Objectives
1. Define bioluminescence and chemiluminescence
2. Distinguish between bioluminescence and chemiluminescence
3. Give examples of sources of bioluminescence

Lesson Materials (view or download)
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Lesson Plans

Keywords
chemiluminescence, light, reactions

Last updated: 3/4/2015

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