How can we design a chemically-powered heating or cooling device for people who don't have access to electricity?
Unit: Thermodynamics and Stoichometry
Grade Level(s): 10-12
Duration: 4 weeks
Unit Materials: Click here.
In this unit, students are introduced to the idea that when a chemical reaction occurs, there is some movement of heat (energy). They are introduced to the terminologies, endothermic & exothermic reaction to describe the movement of heat (energy) transfer in and out of a system. In this unit, we are leveraging the idea of heat/energy transfer. Students are tasked to design a chemically powered heating or cooling device for people who do not have electricity. In the processes of designing this device, students are tasked to figure out which material they should choose to heat up or cool down, how much, and why.
Next generation science standards (ngss)
This unit is designed with 15 lesson in 5 parts. To see the unit outline click here.
Google Drive Unit Material
Please see the google drive materials here.
- Co-designing the unit storyline & assessment: Lindsay Fay, Abbey Zinsser, Paul Tshida & Hosun Kang at UCI
- Implementing the curriculum and assessment in classroom: Lindsay Fay, Abbey Zinsser, Alicia Fortier
- Curriculum writing: Lindsay Fay, Abbey Zinsser, Paul Tshida & Hosun Kang at UCI
- Reviewing the curriculum: Hosun Kang and Hamideh Talafian