This is a very unique product. This is a no set up lab in which students are put in the role of a product designer. They will research information on thermal energy in an attempt to make a product that can produce heat and retain it for as long as possible. This project is very well designed in that students build their knowledge up and check their understanding with propting questions built in throughout the worksheet. The questions address major concepts as well as data interpretation and graph manipulation. At the end, students will answer the question "How would you create a cup prototype that would produce heat as well as retain heat?" Students are instructed to answer in a Claim, Eviednce, and Reasoning format. The preceeding research and questions will lead them to an understanding in which they can produce such a product. At the end students design an advertisment for their prototype coming full circle from researcher,designer,to producer.
This project is intended to be approached as a lab. Their are no materials needed making it a great activity for big classes or in order to save money for further projects.
The Next generation science Standard addressed in this product is as follows:
7-PS1-6 Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.