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Temperature Tactics

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on how thermometers have been impacted by engineering over time, and also how materials engineering has developed temperature sensitive materials. Student teams design and build a temperature gauge out of everyday products and test a variety of materials for thermal properties. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their temperature gauge and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.

Age Levels:

8 - 14
Objectives 

  • Learn about sensors and measure temperature.
  • Learn about engineering design.
  • Learn about properties of material.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:


  • material properties
  • sensors and thermometers
  • engineering design
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students explore the impact of engineers and scientists have developed sensors over the centuries to measure temperature. Students explore a range of temperature sensitive materials, and work in teams to develop a temperature gauge out of everyday items. They test their gauge in a freezer or refrigerator, evaluate their own designs and those of other students, and present their findings to the class.

Resources/Materials 

  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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