Heat Transfer Lab

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:       
  • Understand the science of thermal energy storage
  • Learn how to investigate and explain the thermal energy storage value of materials
  • Utilize GreenLearning’s Spiral Inquiry Model to answer the question: Water is the best and easily obtainable material to transfer heat. What materials would you use to contain this heat energy for a prolonged period of time?

Curriculum Connections

Grade 9 Science
Key concepts:
  • Forms of energy, energy transformation, renewable and non-renewable energy
  • Generation of electrical energy
  • Electrical energy storage
  • Energy transmission
  • Construct, use and evaluate devices for transforming mechanical energy into electrical energy and for transforming electrical energy into mechanical energy
  • Describe and discuss the societal and environmental implications of the use of electrical energy.

Grade 10 Science
  • Efficient use of energy, and the environmental impact of inefficient use of energy
  • Mechanical energy conversions and work Technological innovations of engines that led to the development of the concept of energy.
Environmental Science 11: Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Changes (U/C Preparation)
  • Conservation of Energy (U/C Preparation)
  • Energy Conservation (Workplace Preparation)

Physics 11: Electricity and Magnetism
Physics 12: Energy Transformation
Chemistry 12: Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction

Length of Activity

2 - 3 hours

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Thermal Energy Storage Backgrounder
  • Learner handout and graph paper
  • Large bowl or tub
  • Ziplock bags
  • Ice
  • Containers of different densities and materials
  • Water
  • Kettle
  • Thermometers
  • Insulating materials

Online Lesson Format