Using home construction as the context, students explore the processes of thermodynamics and energy efficiency. Each student will choose a region of the USA and a season (summer or winter) and design an energy efficient home. Through the course of designing their homes, students investigate the forms of heat transfer in homes, energy efficient strategies available to reduce heat transfer, and the differences in climate within our country.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8





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SCI.8.8.2P.2: Science

Explain how energy is transferred, transformed, and conserved.

SCI.8.8.4D.1: Science

Define a problem that addresses a need, and using relevant science principles investigate possible solutions given specified criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs.

SCI.8.8.4D.2: Science

Design, construct, and test a proposed engineering design solution and collect relevant data. Evaluate a proposed design solution in terms of design and performance criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs. Identify possible design improvements.
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2016-01-19.

Component Ratings:

Standards Alignment: 3
Subject Matter: 3
Support Steaching: 3
Assessments Quality: 3
Instructional Quality: 3
Deeper Learning: 3
Janet Pinto
November 2, 2015
Christine Mytko
September 27, 2010

It seems like this could be adapted to make a great science fair project!

K Patterson
September 20, 2010

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