In this activity (on page 2 of PDF), learners create a low-tech refrigerator that requires no electricity to keep food from spoiling. It uses only clay pots, one smaller than the other and separated by wet sand. As the water evaporates from the sand, it lowers the temperature inside the inner pot, similar to how evaporation from a sweaty person lowers the person's body temperature. This "refrigerator" with no moving parts is great for exploring evaporative cooling, as well as scientific innovation, especially since it has been used successfully in Africa.


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