|Build a cooler using different materials (coffee can/container, styrofoam, aluminum foil, etc) to keep ice cubes from melting on a hot day. Check the progress of the ice melting every five minutes to see how fast they melt|
|Add a Tech Twist||Optional: Use a digital infrared thermometer to test the temperature|
|Hints for uses in your library||This engineering activity is great for a hot summer day. If your library does not have a freezer, ice can be purchased beforehand for use in the activity.|
Hands-on Activity: What Is the Best Insulator: Air, Styrofoam, Foil or Cotton?
What material will keep ice lollies the coolest?
Keep a Cube
The Great Backwards Ice Cube Melting Race!
Testing Insulators: Ice Cube in a Box
What Makes Ice Melt Fastest?
Ice Science Experiment: What Makes Ice Melt Fastest?
Why can adding salt to ice water make the ice melt slower?
Q & A: Why does ice melt faster in tap water than in salt water?
|Originating Source||Children's Museum of Houston|
[Suggest a book]
Melting and freezing by Lisa E Greathouse
(Also available in
Freezing and melting by Robin Nelson
Icebergs, Ice Caps, and Glaciers by Allan Fowler
Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down by Darlene R Stille and Sheree ill Boyd
All about Temperature by Alison Auch (Also available in Spanish )
Too hot? too cold? : keeping body temperature just right by Caroline Arnold and Annie Patterson