Reflection: Classroom Setup Heat Transfer in Architecture - Section 1: Engage


I have two models of homes that I use to test heat transfer. When the students walk into the classroom, there is a model of a shed and a homemade model of a home with a geothermal system. The shed was part of a curriculum bought by the school and was very expensive. The geothermal home I built from cardboard boxes, hot glued together. I used glass tubing and rubber stoppers to simulate underground. The heat source for the shed is an incandescent lamp, used to simulate the sun. I use hand warmers around the glass tubing to simulate the higher temperature under the ground. 

To show conduction, I have a hot plate set up with utensils. There is a wood spoon, a metal spoon, and a glass stirring rod. With duct tape I attach the thermometer to record the temperatures of the utensils. 

What students experience as they walk in an array of new/different scientific equipment, a shed, and a cardboard house. They begin excited about the lesson. 

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Heat Transfer in Architecture

Unit 6: Designing for the Future: Eco Friendly Building
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT draw how heat transfers have an impact on home heating and cooling.

Big Idea: Why do eco-friendly products help homes? Students explore how homes are heated and what compromises the efficiency of energy transfer.

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