Electromagnetic radiation is a type of energy that travels in waves. It exists along a spectrum, and can take many different forms depending on its wavelength, frequency and energy. These properties impart different characteristics, which influence their use by people in science and technology, as well as in our daily lives.
In this activity, students explore how electromagnetic radiation is used for different purposes. Objects from Queensland Museum’s Cultures and Histories collection provide context for learning within this activity. Following this activity, students have the opportunity to investigate how cultural institutions, including museums, use and avoid different types of electromagnetic radiation to conserve their collections.