Year 4/5 have been learning about temperature this term. They have also been learning about insulators and conductors.
This afternoon the children investigated their findings and conducted an experiment to find the best material to keep the ice from melting.
The children choose to investigate the following materials:
Felt, salt, newspaper, bubble wrap, wool, polystyrene and foil.
We measured each ice cube to ensure all were the same size to conduct a fair test – 3cm / 30mm.
After every 10 minutes the children unwrapped their ice cube and measured their ice. (Developing maths skills of conversion and decimal notation)
After an exiting afternoon of prediction, the winner was ……
WOOL – keeping the ice in its solid shape for almost an hour and a half.
With polystyrene a very close second. (more…)