Feel the Heat

This Feel the Heat activity & project also includes:

Heat water up like a NASA engineer. Using the engineering design process, investigators create a system to trap and move heat through a water-filled tube. Designers participate in a post-activity discussion that highlights the role of heat transfer and the benefits of a solar-powered water heater. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow participants to work as teams for a collaborative learning experience
  • Have volunteers explain their designs to the group after the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Construct a model hot water heater prior to the activity
  • Collect materials ahead of time, including whether to use lamps or sunlight for the heat source
  • Provides an organized educator's guide
  • Hands-on experience fosters problem-solving skills 
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