Conductors of Heat - Hot Spoons

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Why is the end of a spoon hot when it's not all the way in the hot water? A great question deserves a great answer, and learners with visual impairments will use their auditory and tactile senses to get that answer. A talking thermometer, steam, and three different types of spoons (conductive and nonconductive) are used to help learners conceptualize conduction and conductors. These tools will help kick off the inquiry processes and tactile exploration of a very cool (hot) scientific concept.

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Pros
  • The lesson uses assistive technology in a way that will help learners with visual impairments understand a scientific concept
Cons
  • Because learners with visual impairments are required to feel the process of conduction, safety is a must
  • Strict rules and guidelines will need to be established prior to beginning the activity