Insulation Station

It's all about the material. Learners experiment with different substances as they try to keep an ice cube from melting. They draw conclusions by answering a set of questions about the types and amount of material that had the best result.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a local contractor to speak to the class about strategies and materials used to insulate homes
  • Have individuals collect and graph data comparing layers of insulation to water volume
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials and time for set up
Pros
  • Offers video support for providing instruction
  • Emphasizes scientific vocabulary throughout
Cons
  • None