Tried and True: Save the penguins—Teaching the science of heat transfer through engineering design

by: Christine Schnittka, Randy Bell, and Larry Richards

Engineers, scientists, and environmental groups around the globe are hard at work finding solutions to mitigate or halt global warming. One major goal of the curriculum described here, Save the Penguins, is to help students recognize that what we do at home can affect how penguins fare in the Sothern Hemisphere. In addition, students learn how engineers are addressing global warming by designing energy-efficient materials. Further, they learn the science of heat transfer, design experiments to test materials, and then assume the role of engineer to design, create, and test their own energy-efficient dwellings.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2010Stock # ss10_034_03_82Volume 034Issue 03

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