About the Programs
Created and developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ray and the Sunbeatables®: A Sun Safety Curriculum for Pre-K through 1 and Be Sunbeatable™ for grades 2-5, are sun safety programs that are flexible and easy to implement by educators into their daily classroom routines, age-appropriate, and free for schools to use. Engaging and evidence-based, sun safety programs and activities educate children about sun protection and promote sun safety behaviors in an effort to reduce a lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
Ray and the Sunbeatables® engages children through fun superhero characters and Be Sunbeatable™ is integrated through English Language Arts and STEM lessons. Students additionally develop skills in teamwork, group and applied learning, and critical thinking all while having fun.
Ray and the Sunbeatables® and Be Sunbeatable™ equips educators with grade specific lessons and teacher’s guides to ensure smooth curriculum implementation. Additionally, quick training videos are offered and accessible at all times to educators to spread sun safety awareness.
Students in grades Pre-K through 1 will feel engaged in fun curriculum lessons to help Ray and his friends stay sun safe every day and everywhere they go. Throughout these lessons, children learn why and how to be sun safe in their daily lives, and how to find their own Sunbeatable Superpowers. Students in grades 2-5 engage in classroom discussions and activities to apply knowledge learned about sun safety. Additionally, other subject matters are integrated within their learning, such as language arts and STEM.
Parents also have the opportunity to participate in their child’s learning at-home through free available resources.
The Importance of Sun Safety
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Teaching children about sun safety can have a long-term and positive impact on their health. Sun protection is important year-round, even on cloudy or cold days where UV rays can still pass through the clouds and reach skin. It is important for children to develop sun protection habits to reduce their lifetime risk of skin cancer. Anyone, regardless of skin color, can develop skin cancer, including melanoma, the most deadly type.
Why Sun Safety?
1 in 5
people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
or more sunburns in childhood doubles a person's lifetime risk of melanoma
cases of invasive melanoma expected in 2023