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Heat Transfer and Cooling

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Astronauts train underwater to simulate the change in gravity. An out-of-this-world unit includes three hands-on activities, one teacher demonstration, and a discussion related to some of the challenges astronauts face. Scholars apply their conclusions about heat transfer and cooling to solving problems in their homes and in space.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Watch Space School, a 25-minute documentary about learning to become an astronaut
  • Share some of the behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie
Classroom Considerations
  • Multiple activities require boiling water; use caution to prevent injuries
  • Highlights vocabulary throughout
  • Connects concepts to real-world problem on the ISS
  • Includes answers to all discussion and worksheet questions
  • None
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