Inventing Cancer Goggles
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New June 2022! Meet Dr. Samuel Achilefu and learn how he and his research team invented “cancer goggles” to help surgeons detect and remove cancer cells during surgery.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Invention-18**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as part of your study on the scientific process/scientific inquiry. Show the video as an example of how that process came to life in the creation of cancer googles and help students gain insight into the research and design process that goes into the development of a new product or tool.
  • Have students identify and discuss examples of the steps of the scientific method that they see in the video.
  • Use the video to help students understand the nature of, and value of, critical thinking. What examples of critical thinking by Dr. Achilefu and his team can they identify in the video? How would they explain the influence of these examples in the process of creating the cancer goggles?


To learn more about the process of invention and see other inventions that have made an impact on human history, check out the full program this segment is edited from: Explore! Invention. To learn more about his continuing research into cancer and the development of additional tools to help doctors and patients, check out another video featuring Dr. Samuel Achilefu: New Breakthroughs in Lighting Up Cancer Cells to Find and Destroy Cancer.

*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.