Education Technology

Active Wear

Published on 11/11/2008

Activity Overview

Students test which solar collector - black, white, or silver - absorbs the most heat.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students will compare the temperatures inside a soda can that has been painted black, silver, or white. They will use the temperature sensor to collect the temperature of the cans sitting under a heat lamp every 30 seconds for 10 minutes. This will allow them to see how different colors, such as clothing, react to a heat source like the sun.

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    Students will record the data they have collected and then graph it as a connected scatter plot. Using the scatter plot students will analyze how which color is the best solar collector and which color reflected the best.