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With the Conduction, Convection and Radiation activity-stations kit, students will eagerly “take the heat” as they discover for themselves the basic principles of heat transfer with a series of four hands-on experiments. 

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Students will eagerly “take the heat” as they discover for themselves the basic principles of heat transfer with this series of four hands-on experiments.
• Conduction—Test the thermal conductivity of different materials, and compare their results with known quantities.
• Convection of a Liquid—Investigate how temperature affects the density of a liquid, and watch as convection currents are created when the hot and cold liquids rise and sink, respectively.
• Convection of a Gas—Observe the dramatic effects of convection currents in air on a lighted candle that will really make students use their “thinking caps.”
• Radiation—Explore heat transfer through radiation by measuring the temperature increases for two types of sand exposed to a heat source.

This activity-stations lab kit is an excellent introduction to all three types of heat transfer and is a great value! Standard laboratory equipment and a light source are required, but not included. Includes comprehensive background information, Teacher Notes and student worksheets.

Complete for 12 student groups. 

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
MS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS3-1: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.