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For Teachers

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

Link to the complete lesson

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.

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