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Testing Insulators: Ice Cube in a Box

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In this activity, patrons work together to see how they can effectively slow the melting of an ice cube. They construct containers for their ice cubes using materials like cardboard, newspaper, aluminum foil, and tape. These containers create an insulating environment designed to keep heat away from the ice cube.

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Testing Insulators: Ice Cube in a Box

Testing Insulators: Ice Cube in a Box

In this activity, patrons work together to see how they can effectively slow the melting of an ice cube. They construct containers for their ice cubes using materials like cardboard, newspaper, aluminum foil, and tape. These containers create an insulating environment designed to keep heat away from the ice cube.