Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Materials Affect the Rate of Heat Transfer - Experimental Design - Section 3: Students in Action


Students understand that habitats of many organisms are impacted by the changing climate on our planet. As the Earth warms, the ice melts on the continent of Antarctica and the penguins lose their habitat. 

Building understanding of heat with in the context of a real world scenario makes learning relevant to students. They are engaging in the collection of data for a purpose. Designing, testing and building homes for the penguins allows students to take the lead in their own learning by asking questions and systematically testing to find the answers. Students have the opportunity to collect data as scientist, then apply what they learned as scientists to work as engineers designing homes for penguins. 

True project based learning embeds learning within the context of a project and not simply a product produced at the end of a unit. 

Students are solving a problem, engaging in learning driven by a need-to-know.

  Seeing a Need - Addressing a Problem
  Problem-based Approaches: Seeing a Need - Addressing a Problem
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Materials Affect the Rate of Heat Transfer - Experimental Design

Unit 10: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT compare different materials to determine which ones are better at preventing heat transfer.

Big Idea: Warming trends are destroying the habitats of penguins on the icy continent of Antarctica. We must build homes for their survival. What materials will prevent heat transfer?

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