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This Simulation/Interactive builds on the following concepts of Energy Literacy.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- This would work well as demonstration or as student use.
- Easy to embed in lesson on energy forms or transfer of energy within systems.
- Simulation can be easily manipulated.
- There is a teaching guide if you create a free account.
- There are Teacher Submitted Activities that include the simulation. Some are in Spanish. The submitted activities include grade levels from K-5 to college undergraduates.
About the Science
- In the introduction students learn about heat conduction and heat capacity of different materials.
- In the systems part of the visualization students learn about the transfer of energy in every day systems that occur in real life.
- Comments from expert scientist: The simulations are engaging and showcase well some real-world example of basic scientific principles.
About the Pedagogy
- This interactive visualization allows students to experiment with different settings in order to see how energy is transferred in objects/materials and in systems.
- The visualization is ideal for those who learn by doing.
- Learning objectives are listed on the main page but teachers may have to create their own assessment and lesson around the simulation.
- For individual users, small groups, or class demonstration.
- Students may explore various energy forms and systems at own pace.
- Grades 3-5 will likely need a lot of scaffolding to understand the visualization.