Home Heat Transfer Extension: Engineering Design Challenge

Grade Level

  • 6-8


  • Mini-Units, Extensions & Manuals

Driving question: How can we engineer (design, build, test, revise) a home to minimize thermal energy transfer?

Expand your students’ learning from VEEP's Home Heat Transfer workshop or storyline, applying engineering principles to construct a house that minimizes thermal energy transfer. Students are challenged to build a “house” from a windowed cake box, insulate and seal it with various materials, and test the results, exploring thermal energy, heat transfer, data analysis, and the environmental effects of home weatherization.

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  • Heat Transfer