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

Design Challenge!
How to Keep Gelatin from Melting?

Grade Level: 5-8
Duration: 1 week to 1 month

Lesson Summary

Students will design and build a platform that will be placed on top of a heat source. A 6 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm cube of gelatin will be placed on the platform, with a thermometer inserted in it. The goal is to keep the temperature inside the cube as cool as possible and prevent the gelatin from melting.

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Essential Question

How can the scientific method be used to develop a structure that protects 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 E1: Abilities of technological design

Related Standards

Standard E2: Understandings about science and technology

BENCHMARKS FOR SCIENTIFIC LITERACY (AAAS PROJECT 2061)

Benchmark 4E1

Benchmark 8F1

Benchmark 12A1

Benchmark 12E5


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