Around the Windows: Looking Through Stained Glass
Students ware engaged in various inquiries to build an understanding of wavelengths and energy transfer. They also incorporate geometry, problem solving, writing, early civilization influences, and technology skills. Teams of students create a stained glass window jar in order to discover which light wave is most efficient in reducing the effect of the classroom temperature. Teams use the engineering design process to help design and build prototypes of different windows. Students then use their knowledge to write a proposal to their school administration for creating a “stained glass effect” on the school’s windows.
Engineering Design Challenge
Student teams are challenged to design a stained glass two-liter bottle to test ways in which classroom temperature can be controlled through color and window placement. Teams test the temperature change caused by various wavelengths (color) of light in comparison to a transparent container. Through experimentation and testing, they design a prototype to help control the transfer of thermal energy into their classroom. Throughout the engineering design challenge, students discover which color window is most efficient for controlling thermal energy transfer and maintaining a cooler classroom during warm seasons.
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