How long did it take to travel across the country before cars and planes?
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How long did it take to travel across the country before cars and planes?
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DISCUSS:

What’s one place you’d like to visit in your life? How would you travel there?

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DISCUSS:

How could this device be useful?

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Activity Prep

In this lesson, students explore how heat is another form of energy that can make things go. In the activity, Heat Spinner, students first make a paper Heat Spinner and observe how air can create movement. Then, students use their Heat Spinners to experiment with a heat source (an incandescent bulb) and discover how heat energy can make the spinner move in different ways.

COVID-19 Adaptations
Digital worksheets available
Teacher demo recommended

Students at home
Set up Heat Spinners (Part 1 of the activity). Have students make observations as you do Part 2 of the activity and demonstrate over video conference. Students need the Inventing a Heat Engine worksheet (printed or digital).
Students at school
Set up Heat Spinners (Part 1 of the activity) and demonstrate the activity. Have your students make observations as you demonstrate (Part 2 of the activity). Students need a copy of the Inventing a Heat Engine worksheet to record their observations.
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