Let’s Heat Things Up

This activity will explore heat transfer and temperature conversion.  Students will conduct Internet based inquiries on conduction, convection, and radiation to understand a thermal sensor lab.  Use of the data collected from this lab will be implemented in the investigation, design, and testing of solar cooker.  Through a provided scenario students employ their knowledge to solve a humanitarian issue that much of the world faces: harnessing a clean water supply.  Implementation of an included math lab helps students understand the conversion between Celsius and Fahrenheit and how change in temperatures can be seen mathematically by using the equation for the slope of a line.
Regardless of how this project is applied in the classroom all students should gain an understanding of temperature sensors, thermal characteristics of different materials and how to record, analyze, graph and interpret data (either by hand or electronically) and communicate the results.  Furthermore, they should understand how to convert temperature measurements from one scale to another.
Physical Science Grade 9 – Benchmark A: Describe that matter is made of minute particles called atoms and atoms are comprised of even smaller components. Explain the structure and properties of atoms.
Grade 9 – Benchmark F: Explain how energy may change form or be redistributed but the total quantity of energy is conserved
Science and Technology Grade 9 – Benchmark A: Explain the ways in which the processes of technological design respond to the needs of society.
Grade 10 – Benchmark B: Explain that science and technology are interdependent; each drives the other.
Grade 12 – Benchmark A: Predict how human choices today will determine the quality and quantity of life on Earth.
Scientific Inquiry Grade 9 – Benchmark A: Participate in and apply the processes of scientific investigation to create models and to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate the results of these investigations.
Grade 10 – Benchmark A: Participate in and apply the processes of scientific investigation to create models and to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate the results of these investigations.
Grade 12 – Benchmark A: Make appropriate choices when designing and participating in scientific investigations by using cognitive and manipulative skills when collecting data and formulating conclusions from the data.
Scientific Ways of Knowing Grade 9 – Benchmark A: Explain that scientific knowledge must be based on evidence; be predictive, logical, subject to modification and limited to the natural world.
Grade 11 – Benchmark A: Explain how scientific evidence is used to develop and revise scientific predictions, ideas or theories.
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