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360Science™ blends the best of student-engaging digital content with easily adaptable hands-on labs to offer your students a uniquely comprehensive learning experience.
In this lab exerience, students are challenged to create a calorimeter that efficiently traps heat while keeping the liquid insulated from outside environmental influence. They will test their design using metal shot to effecitvely measure its heat capacity with minimal loss of heat to the environment. Editable, differentiated instructions range from a time-sensitive prescriptive lab to full open inquiry, and robust online videos and content—including a virtual reality (VR) simulation—help students prepare for and better understand the labs they’re conducting.
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360Science™: Build an Efficient Calorimeter: Engineering Design Challenge
Concepts: Calorimetry, heat capacity, specific heat
Outcomes: Without too much testing, students should be able to use information from their everyday experiences to determine that the expanded polystyrene cups are the best choice. Nestling two cups together provides a good level of insulation that keeps the heat inside. A lid is also essential for minimizing heat loss to the environment. Students should also determine that the calorimeter needs a lid so it can be as sealed as possible to the outside environment. This lab helps students appreciate the importance of a good design and minimizing heat loss to the environment and how this plays a role in their everyday lives, from insulated coffee cups to hot water in a home.
Associated Phenomena: Hot and Cold Processes
Our 1-year option provides access to all digital content for one year plus lab supplies for a single class of 30 students. Our 3-year option extends access to digital content to three years, with a 30% discount on refill supply kits years 2 and 3.
What is Flinn 360Science™?
We’re introducing a whole new way to teach experiential science! We’ve taken a hard look at science study from all perspectives and, thanks to the feedback of thousands of teachers nationwide, we’ve created a way to make it easier to provide personalized instruction while delivering the kind of lab experiences your students truly need.
Our new and comprehensive learning solutions are designed to bring science to life by giving you all the tools you need to incorporate more (and effective) hands-on learning in your classroom or lab. 360Science allows you to provide your students with the support they need to make real-world connections to key scientific principles and help make those abstract concepts concrete.
Every 360Science lab solves the most common challenges educators face in bringing more hands-on science to their students—from not having enough time to matching the right level of challenge for students’ abilities to providing appropriate background content, safety techniques, assessments and more.
Enable student-driven, blended learning through a unique combination of leveled lab instructions supporting prescriptive, guided- and open-inquiry lab exercises (see PDF resource for specific details) with robust digital content, such as videos and carefully curated Open Educational Resources (OER)—along with virtual reality and simulation exercises. From editable, digital instructions to assessments and alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we have everything you need to improve mastery, remove the intimidation factor and foster your students’ natural curiosity.
Materials Included in Kit:
Aluminum, shot, 500 g
Copper, shot, 500 g
Cardboard, sheet, 5
Cups, plastic, 10 oz, 30
Cups, polystyrene, 30
Cups, paper, 30
HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.