Insulation Challenge



What type of insulation, doors and windows will help a home maintain its temperature? Students will learn about R-value, specific heat, convection and conduction as it relates to insulating a home. Students will then use a mock economy to purchase insulation and insulate a "paper box" house. The houses will then be placed over a light bulbs for a class period and the temperatures will be measured inside and out. Students will use a spreadsheet to determine the cost of the insulation to preserve a degree of temperature.

Lesson Time

5 Minutes
Web Quest
20 Minutes
Group Discussion
10 Minutes
Show & Tell
20 Minutes
Team Design
1 Class Period
Team Construction
4 Class Periods
Model Testing/ Evaluation
1 Class Period
Post Activity Debrief/Assessment
1 Class Period

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives

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