I'm Just Here for the Popcorn: A Heat Transfer Activity
Grade Level: Middle and High School
Discipline: STEM, Physics, Chemistry
Standards: Evidence, models, and explanation; Interactions of energy and matter
Hi, folks! We’re just popping in to let you know there’s no butter way to keep students focused on learning than with the star of all movie snacks. (Sorry if that was a bit corny – let’s move on.)
Here’s a lesson plan students will love. It’s a quick activity for middle- and high-schoolers that uses popcorn to uncover three different ways heat can be transferred – conduction, convection, and radiation. They’ll learn about thermal energy, you’ll get a great-smelling classroom, and everyone gets to eat the results.
Learn more by downloading the activity plan above.
Heat Transfer Activity
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