Reflection: Heat Transfer in Architecture: Convection - Section 2: Design the Investigation


To plan for this lesson, I built my own "house". I started with a boot box, two rubber stoppers, C-shaped glass tubing, and cardboard. I cut two holes in the top of the boot box, attached the rubber stoppers, and installed the glass tubing. 

I used the cardboard to make a one story, flat roofed, "house", with no floor. The boot box, over the rubber stoppers, is the "floor". 

I use hand warmers as a heat source. The idea is to have the kids tape the hand warmer to the glass tubing, close the boot box lid, place the cardboard house and flat roof over the glass tubing and record the temperature as it changes.

Each student records data on their own sheet. I have one student with a timer and one student reads the thermometer. I use fish tank thermmometers beacuse they are easy to place inside the door. Students open the door to determine the temperature. 

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Heat Transfer in Architecture: Convection

Unit 6: Designing for the Future: Eco Friendly Building
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT test a geo thermal heating systems and describe how convection as a heat transfer has an impact on home heating.

Big Idea: How do the designers of geo thermal heating use the science concept of heat transfer to design eco-friendly building systems? Students complete an investigation as they explore geo thermal convection systems.

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