What Is a "Convection Cell"?

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Round and round in circles it goes! A hands-on activity has learners recreate a model of a convection cell. They watch as the difference in density of their materials creates a current.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a handout with the suggested questions to collect as a formative assessment
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects a basic understanding of density
  • Review safety precautions when working with a hot plate
Pros
  • Adaptable to different grade levels
  • Includes background knowledge important to the lesson
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