Reflection: Classroom Setup Heat Transfer in Architecture: Radiation - Section 2: Create the Investigation


My district bought a model of a shed from Depco. I use this model to test heat transfer from radiation. I like the size of the shed. It's about three feet wide and two feet long. It is a little under three feet tall. The shed creates visual excitement in the lesson. Students ask, "Did you build this? Is this a dog house? What do you use this for?" I use the excitement of the shed as a strategy to engage the students. With their natural curiosity I can begin to discuss the important concepts that will be covered as we conduct investigations. 

The shed also provides great data. It has insulation inside so the temperature increase is obvious to the students. 

There are lots of ways to complete this activity without the expense of the Depco Shed. In the past I built a cardboard house. I cut apart an old box and hot glued the sides, roof, etc. I drew on the windows and door. I painted the top of the roof black to simulate a dark roof. The cardboard house model is easy to build and useful in the investigation.

Whether you use the expensive shed or the homemade house, the strategy of testing the model is the same.  I shine an incandescent light on the window of the shed. I use a large lab lamp with a 100 watt bulb to simulate the sun. 

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Heat Transfer in Architecture: Radiation

Unit 6: Designing for the Future: Eco Friendly Building
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT test a model of a house to record how radiation energy helps architects build eco-friendly buildings.

Big Idea: How do architects design eco-friendly buildings that take advantage of the heat transfer from the sun's radiation? Students create an investigation as they explore radiation and its heat transferring potential.

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