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For Teachers

STAYING COOL DESIGN CHALLENGE
WHAT WILL KEEP MY LUNCHBOX COOL?

Grade Level: Pre-K - 1
Duration: Three 30 minute periods

Link to the complete lesson

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Lesson Summary

Students often have creative ideas for solving common problems. Their solutions are often limited to ideas rather than reality and a product. The goal of this activity is to develop the young learner from a creative thinker to a problem solver. In this activity, students will take an everyday problem and design a practical solution. Youngsters will consider how to keep a lunchbox cool during a trip to the beach.

Essential Question

How does the amount of sunlight and heat change in areas that are shaded?

Concepts

Standards & Benchmarks

NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS

Standard E2, E3: Understanding about science and technology

Standard D5: Objects in the sky

BENCHMARKS FOR SCIENTIFIC LITERACY (AAAS PROJECT 2061)

Benchmark 8B: Materials and Manufacturing

Benchmark 1B: Scientific Inquiry

Benchmark 4E: Energy Transformation

Benchmark 1C: The Scientific Enterprise