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.
- Learn about sensors and measure temperature.
- Learn about engineering design.
- Learn about properties of material.
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:
- material properties
- sensors and thermometers
- engineering design
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.
Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.