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.


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Student Worksheets

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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.