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FRAMING PATHWAYS TO ANSWERS: THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS IN ACTION
STAYING COOL

Design Challenge!
How to Keep Items Cool in Boiling Water?

Grade Level: 9-12
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 months

Lesson Summary

Students will design and construct a container that will keep items cool when placed in boiling water. A pat of butter will be placed in the container. The goal is to keep the temperature inside the container as cool as possible and prevent the butter from melting.

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Essential Question

How can the scientific method be used to come up with a solution to the problem of protecting an item exposed to a high temperature?

Concepts

MESSENGER Mission Conncection

The MESSENGER mission designers have come up with various ways to keep the temperatures on the spacecraft tolerable in the hot Mercurian environment.

Standards & Benchmarks

NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS

Standard A2: Understandings about scientific inquiry

Standard E1: Abilities of technological design

BENCHMARKS FOR SCIENTIFIC LITERACY (AAAS PROJECT 2061)

Benchmark 1B2

Benchmark 1B4

Benchmark 12A1

Benchmark 12A2


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