Station-based science activities exploring heat!

Your classroom heats up as we explore how heat is propagated through a variety of materials, plus how we harness heat for our own use:

  • Investigate heat conductivity in a variety of materials, including a space shuttle tile!
  • Learn how heat can be created from other energy sources
  • Discover how temperature differences can make engines work
  • Learn how convection drives ocean currents and atmospheric processes
  • Look at chemical reactions; some release heat and others absorb heat….and more!

From the Sun to future technologies, this workshop will keep your students warmed up to science!

Workshop Activities

Ball SmasherStriking materials can create a fair bit of heat!
Colour change mugEngaging demonstration of thermochromic materials.
Cool ConductivityHow does metal respond to changes in temperature?
Convection connectionLearn about how heat transfers drive global weather patterns.
Drinking birdClassic demonstration of liquid expansion from heat. How does it work?
Get in the moodRings that change color with heat. Retro science fun.
Hand boilerBoil this liquid with the heat of your hand. Wow!
Heat turbineFind out about geothermal heat with this great device.
Ice, ice baby!Counter-intuitive melting of ice – which material will melt the ice first?
LCD matsUse the heat of your hand to change the liquid crystal materials.
NitinolSee how nitinol responds to heat and how it is used for robotics.
RadiometerConvert heat energy into kinetic energy with this fun engine.
Space Shuttle BurnHow can space shuttle tiles survive the heat of atmospheric re-entry?
Stirling engineAn engine that runs from the heat of your hand? How does that work?
Tea bag rocketHow does that relate to convection; how do you even make it?
 

Curriculum

4-PS3-2 Energy

Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
 

4-PS3-3 Energy

Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
 

MS-PS1-4 Matter and its Interactions

Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.