Heat Transfer STEM Insulation Challenge

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5th - 8th
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I made this into a Starbucks lab and the students loved it. Great lab to talk about transfer of thermal energy.
My students enjoyed coming up with unique designs. The questions and graphing activities were a great review for them as well.
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This Heat Transfer STEM activity challenges the students apply their knowledge of heat transfer and thermal insulators to design, build, and advertise an insulating sleeve that keeps their drink hot.

In the first part of the project, the students test 4 different materials (paper, foil, cardboard, and fabric) to see how well they insulate a cup and keep hot water hot. Then, using this data, they design their drink Snuggie. In addition to keeping their drinks as warm as possible, their Snuggie needs to be unique and stand out from the rest. Is it functional, fashionable, multipurpose, environmentally friendly, etc?

After building their snuggie, the students will test them to see how they work by placing hot water in them and measuring the temperature every 5 minutes for 30 minutes. Finally, students will learn about some commonly used advertising techniques and will create a print or video advertisement for their product.

What's Included:

  • Keep It Hot Project Overview + Score Sheet
  • Keep it Hot Experiment - Testing Different Insulators
  • Drink Snuggie Planning page
  • Drink Snuggie Testing and Conclusion Page
  • Advertising Techniques Presentation
  • Advertising Planning Page
  • Sample Advertisement and Drink Snuggie examples


Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

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Total Pages
12 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer. Examples of devices could include an insulated box, a solar cooker, and a Styrofoam cup. Assessment does not include calculating the total amount of thermal energy transferred.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.


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