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  • Primary School - Grades K-3
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Heat absorption of different materials [E]
    Is the air the same temperature in the sun and in the shade? [E]
    Which will become ice faster, hot or cold water? [E]
    Does a fan really cool the air? [E]
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Energy
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Fire
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Temperature
    Elementary School - Grades 4-6
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Design an environmental friendly mitten warmer instead of using the commercial disposable ones. [P]
    Determine the effects of liquid temperature on the density of the liquid and the buoyancy of an object in the liquid. [E]
    Determine how quickly a carbonated soft drink at room temperature could be cooled to an optimum drinking temperature without diluting the liquid with ice. [E]
    How Do Metals Compare in Conducting Heat? [E]
    Determine what type of glass would hold out radiant heat and cold air - single pane, double pane and Low E. [E]
    The effects of temperature on air volume [P]
    Which materials make good insulators? [E] [E] [P] [P]
    Effect of temperature on the volume of various gases [P]
    The effect of different insulation materials on the melting rate of ice [P]
    The amount of heat absorbed by water at different distances from a space heater [P]
    Does the temperature of water affect the time it takes for the water to freeze? [E]
    The comparison of thermal conductivity of different metals [E]
    Build a simple heat engine [E]
    Examine the thermal properties of rubber. [E]
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Energy
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Fire
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Temperature
    Middle School - Grades 7-9
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Determine how gases expand and contract due to changes in temperature, and explain why racing-car tires are inflated with nitrogen gas. [E]
    Measure the effect of surface temperature on how long it takes a jumping disc to jump. [E]
    Determine how heat and distance affect the amount of sound collected. [E]
    Determine whether there is a correlation between heat capacity and heat retention. [E]
    Determining the Temperature Dependence of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Fluid Viscosities [E]
    Effect of temperature on the freezing time of different liquids [P] [P]
    Use a Calorimeter to Measure the Heat Capacity of Water [E]
    Investigate supercooling of water: Does prior heating of water make it easier to supercool water without freezing? [E]
    Charles's Law: Volume vs. Temperature of a Gas at Constant Pressure [E]
    What's the Fastest Way to Cool a Soda? [E]
    How Does Color Affect Heating by Absorption of Light? [E]
    Determine the mixing method in a tank that achieves the final temperature the most rapidly. [E]
    Investigate the supercooled state of water and other liquids; how it varies with different amounts and types of liquids, and its uses in our daily lives. [P]
    What Effect Does a Solution's Temperature Have on the Duration of a Bubble Film? [E]
    Are Good Electrical Insulators Also Good Thermal Insulators? [E]
    Build a calorimeter and calculate food calories burned and the heat it gave off. [E]
    Investigate the nature of turbulence produced in heated air. (Measure the properties of time variability of the refractive index distribution over the source of heat). [E]
    Determine the temperature of the air inside a pipe by measuring the speed of sound. [E]
    Build a steam-powered rocket boat [E]
    Make a model of a power plant that uses steam [E]
    Which kind of frozen liquid would melt the quickest? [P]
    What factors affect the rate at which liquids cool down? [P]
    Which are the best insulation materials? [P] [P] [P]
    How thermoses (vacuum flasks) work? [E]
    The effect of thickness of insulation materials on heat retention [P]
    What material would stay with the most heat after being heated and cooled? [P]
    Which materials transfer heat the best? [E]
    Build a Galilean thermometer [E]
    Which shape of ice cube melts the fastest? [P]
    Determine if the temperature of a liquid affects its viscosity. [E]
    Examine the factors that impact post-superheating nucleation, in which a sudden violent boiling event occurs when a liquid is heated past its boiling point. [E]
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Energy
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Fire
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Temperature
    High School - Grades 10-12
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Build a Joule Apparatus and Calculate the Mechanical Equivalent of Heat [E]
    Effects of temperature and detergent additives on surface tension of liquids [E]
    Can Hot Water Freeze Faster than Cold Water? [E]
    Boyle's Law: Pressure vs. Volume of a Gas at Constant Temperature [E]
    What Is the Effect of a Liquid's Temperature on Its Index of Refraction? [E]
    A Study of the Effect of Temperature on Viscosity [E]
    Determination of a Cooling Curve [E]
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Energy
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Fire
    Interdisciplinary Topic: Temperature
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