Are microwaves a fast way to cook—or a fast way to get radiation poisoning? Science scholars get their facts straight with a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. The narrator explains how microwaves work as well as the benefits to microwaving food over other cooking methods.
- The video works well in a health lesson or unit on the electromagnetic spectrum and types of radiation
- Take learning further by starting a discussion about why it's not ok to put metal in a microwave
- Show a diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum to the class before viewing
- Animated water molecules help solidify the principles of microwave technology
- The resource addresses the myth in a straightforward manner using grade-appropriate terminology