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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

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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.

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