Category: Survival Master
Students will know that:
Different materials conduct heat at different rates depending upon their thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity is symbolized by the letter (k ).
To demonstrate their understanding, students will:
- Given a list of materials with different k values, students will differentiate those that are good insulation materials from those that are not.
- Given a heat source and two objects of the same dimensions made from different materials, students will be able to evaluate how different materials affect conductive heat flow.
Student Guide (traditional curriculum) pdf
"In this challenge you will be bowling with exploding balls. After spinning the bomb spinner each of your balls will be assigned a fusing material. Based on the material’s thermal conductivity value, or k-value, you must choose where each ball will explode. For each target that you “hit” you receive a step, which will help you to the exit."
The player enters the room and receives instructions from the Heat Trainer. The Surface Area Lock challenge requires the player to use the thermal conductivity values of materials as fuses for bowling balls that will explode based upon a delay determined by the k-value. The player 'spins' the fuse material selector, which produces a set of three fuses - one for each lane. The player then moves the target for each lane to a position that corresponds with the delay that the fuse material will have for that lane (fast, medium, slow). The player then 'bowls' the balls and observes the result. For each target that is exploded by a ball, a step will elevate out of the floor below the exit door. The player must activate enough steps to climb up to the exit to end the level. The player earns extra energy for each target exploded and achievements for completing the level without missing any targets.