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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.
SNAPs lab activities have five components:
• Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
• Narrative Station to build science literacy
• Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
• Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
• Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning
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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.
Conduction and Conductors Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Observe the transfer of thermal energy through conduction.
2. Illustrate the direction of thermal energy transfer between objects with different temperatures.
3. Evaluate the ability of a material to transfer thermal energy.
4. Compare and contrast conductors and insulators.
5. Design, build and test a device that minimizes thermal energy transfer.
Science Skills Station
Students will study the conductivity of different materials at this station. Students will conduct a short investigation so to determine the best conductor of thermal energy transfer.
Students will read a text about conduction, conductors and insulators. Students will also watch a video about conduction and conductors.
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating conductors and insulators. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.
Students will design and build a device and that minimizes thermal energy transfer. The purpose of the device is to maintain the temperature of its contents. Specifically, the device should maintain the temperature of a sample of hot water.
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to supplement NGSS MS-PS3-3. In the direct synthesis project, students will test their design from the problem-solving station. Students will make measurements to evaluate how well the device minimizes thermal energy transfer. Students will make suggestions as to how they could improve their design.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 4-PS3-2 and MS-PS3-3. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.
This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key
Additional Materials Required:
1 Computer or tablet
Medium-sized heat-resistant container
Oven mitts or gloves
Small wooden spoon, plastic spoon and metal spoon
3 pieces (1/2 tbsp) of butter per group
2 Graduated cylinder
Plastic cups (different sizes)
Styrofoam cups (different sizes)
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