One of my FAVORITE things we do in the STEM Lab with 3rd grade students is make ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE!!!! One of the science standards for heat energy says that students should understand that heat can be produced as part of a chemical reaction. So, we make a big flowing chemical reaction (elephant toothpaste) and use thermometers to measure the heat that is produced. Plus, it looks really awesome!
3rd Grade students are learning all about HEAT ENERGY!! We started by talking about sources of heat energy. The students also learned about the three methods of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation. Heat always transfers from hot to cold. The students took part in an experiment to test the loss of heat (heat transfer) from two different cups, 1 clear plastic cup and 1 styrofoam cup. This was a great lesson on heat transfer and also really good experience reading a thermometer. Reading a thermometer is a BIG part of the activities we do with heat energy.
Mrs. Guckert is the STEM Lab Teacher at Rocky Mount Elemetary. This is her 4th year teaching at Rocky Mount. The STEM Lab is fully funded by the Rocky Mount Elementary School Foundation. This program would not be possible without the generous donations to the Foundation from the Rocky Mount community.