The fog lifted and sunny skies prevailed this morning, which allowed us to test our solar ovens. Last week students constructed solar ovens using pizzas boxes (Thanks McKenzie Evers for your help with that part!). Our students have been learning about energy transfer, and this activity is great for learning about solar energy, science inquiry, and a few engineering design skills as well. As with the other labs we’ve been conducting, this project used Vernier temperature probes to collect data. Part of that process also involves data analysis to see the big picture. We plan to keep the solar ovens this year and perhaps use them in May or June on a warm day for a follow up activity.
Today our students learned about states of matter, and measured temperature change during a chemical reaction, which in this case was baking soda and vinegar. We were very impressed with how our students followed directions during the lab, and how hard they persevered during the lab write up that followed.
Our students engaged in an introduction to using Vernier Temperature Probes used for collecting and analyzing data. In the coming weeks students will using technology for science inquiry investigations and engineering projects.