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What Conducts Heat - Science Experiment for Kids
Use this lesson to explore which objects are good conductors of heat. Discuss why this is important and what areas you would need it in. Example: You want an emergency blanket to hold heat. Discuss how this can be a safety factor. Example. Metal conducts heat extremely well so you need potholders when cooking with metal pots etc. They heat up quickly too.
Use this worksheet to record your experiment.
You will need:
Cups, mugs or small containers made of different
material (ceramic, glass, plastic, etc…)
Place the same amount of hot water into each container. Use the thermometer to keep track of the temp’s of each cup about every 2 - 3 minutes. Decide which material is a better conductor using your findings.
The cups that conduct heat well will stay hotter
longer as they absorb the heat from the water. The poor conductors will cool off