Last week, Year 4 Amber and Saffron went on a trip to the Soanes Centre to learn all about insulators and conductors.
Here is some useful information before you read on any further:
- A material is what things are made of.
- An insulator is a material the does not allow heat to pass through it.
- A conductor is a material that does allow heat to pass through it.
We began by testing different materials using a thermal heat pad to identify which were insulators and which were conductors. Then, we realised which materials will be useful for insulating a home (cardboard, bubble wrap and fleece). Our classes were split into teams and then the games began!
We were given 20 minutes, all the insulation materials and a small, cardboard house to insulate and build. The team that built the house that was able to retain the most heat, won. After the time was up, our houses were tested. A light source (light bulb) was put inside the house and left (switched on) for 1 minute. A thermometer was also put in the house for the same amount of time and a line graph showed us the temperature of the house during that time. It was a close competition but the winning house reached a scorching 39 degrees Celsius! Great insulation!
This trip was a fantastic, practical workshop that helped us all understand what insulators and conductors are and how they are used efficiently in our world today.