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This is a 50-minute lab for grades 3-5 on the topic of heat capacity. Students work in teams to collect data on the heat capacity of various common materials. The main objective is to promote understanding of how heat capacity is related to the storage of thermal energy. By graphing the change in temperature over time, students also gain awareness of which materials make good insulators and which are better conductors. Printable student worksheets and vocabulary lists are included. This activity is part of a module titled "How Hot Is It?" See Related items on this page for a link to the full module. Teach Engineering is an NSF-funded Pathway developed to provide high-quality experiential learning materials for K-12 classrooms.
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