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Design Challenge: How to Keep Items Cool in Boiling Water

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Keeping items cool in boiling water... what? This engaging activity challenges high school learners to build a container that keeps butter in a solid state when placing the container in boiling water. Groups use previous knowledge and the scientific method to design and build their structures. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Once complete, have groups present their designs to the class
  • Activity could fit at the beginning of the year to review scientific method and concepts (thermodynamics), during a unit on engineering and design, or during a unit on space exploration and technology
Classroom Considerations
  • Duration on activity sheet states two weeks to two months; class level, discussion time, and student efficiency can affect this
  • Provides an extensive amount of background material that teachers and classes could use
  • Activity includes teacher tips, student worksheets, and an assessment rubric
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