CERT Educational Series: Heat Transfer Module

The Heat Transfer Module is an engaging interactive activity to teach students the concept of heat transfer.  Teachers check out a CERT Heat Transfer kit which contains components for 8 stations (enough to teach 32-40 students in groups of 4-5, respectively).  The module also includes a link to an instructional video for teachers to watch to learn how to set up the activity.  A classroom instructional video is then used to guide the students through the activity.

This module links directly with the science curriculum “Essential Standards and Clarifying Objectives” for 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade.  Specifically it aligns with the Energy:  Conservation and Transfer standards, 3.P.3, 5.P.3, and 6.P.3, respectively. To request a CERT Heat Transfer Kit or additional information, contact us at CERT@ncat.edu.

Getting Started:

1.Read the Educator Introduction document and watch the Educator Preparation video found under “Basic Module” below
2.Determine which date you will use the kit
3.Contact CERT@ncat.edu to have a kit delivered the day before you will use it

Basic Module:

CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Educator Introduction
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Educator Preparation  20 min. instructional video for teacher that explains set-up and classroom preparation
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Step-by-Step Set-up INstructions: simplified steps to assist teacher with kit set-up

Classroom video: CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Basics

CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Student Lab Sheet (pdf and doc)
Kit containing the components for 8 individual experimental set-ups for the classroom:

    32 insulated cups (8 each labeled A, B, C, D) and 32 cup liners
    1 cup for cooling thermometers
    16 foam lids
    8 Aluminum bars for the experiments
    1 extra aluminum bar to be used before experiments
    16 digital thermometers
    One hot water pot
    A portable mouse
    A memory stick containing all files listed above
    A notebook with all documents listed above

Supplementary Materials:

Enrichment Videos:

CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer Enrichment I, Basics
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer Enrichment II, Heat Equation, Weather Impacts
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer Enrichment III, Calorimeter

Additional Documents

CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Student Lab Sheet Answer Key
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Quiz Question Bank

Power Point presentation of videos. Use if you wish to (1) deliver the material yourself; or (2) make changes to the presentation material, and deliver the material yourself. 

CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer, Basics.pptx
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer Enrichment I, Basics.pptx 
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer Enrichment II, Heat Equation, Weather Impacts.pptx
CERT Educational Series, Heat Transfer Enrichment III, Calorimeter.pptx