How to Teach Thermal Energy With ThermBot: Build-A-Bot

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How to Teach Thermal Energy With ThermBot: Build-A-Bot
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Overview of ThermBot: Thermal Energy Module.

Overview of ThermBot: Thermal Energy Module.

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Learning Outcomes: 1. Develop meaning of scale and thermometers; 2. Author own scale; 3. Understand what happens to objects, on a molecular level, at different temperatures.

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Materials needed: 1. Computer (Windows OS), 2. Handouts (in curriculum guide), 3. Pen and paper, 4. ThermBot game downloaded

Materials needed: 1. Computer (Windows OS), 2. Handouts (in curriculum guide), 3. Pen and paper, 4. ThermBot game downloaded

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How to play: How to build the bot and get started.

How to play: How to build the bot and get started.

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How to play: Looking at the molecular viewer, testing different objects, and playing with the slider.

How to play: Looking at the molecular viewer, testing different objects, and playing with the slider.

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Instructions on how to make your thermometer in 'Robot degrees' by setting high and low anchor points. Once created you can compare your 'R degree' values to C, F, and K.

Instructions on how to make your thermometer in 'Robot degrees' by setting high and low anchor points. Once created you can compare your 'R degree' values to C, F, and K.

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Activity 1: Guide students from building the robot to testing different objects. Provide them Student Handout 1.

Activity 1: Guide students from building the robot to testing different objects. Provide them Student Handout 1.

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Activity 1: the main idea that students should glean from activity 1 is to understand what happens to molecules when it gets colder and when it gets warmer.

Activity 1: the main idea that students should glean from activity 1 is to understand what happens to molecules when it gets colder and when it gets warmer.

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Start of Activity 2: Explanation of 'anchor points'.

Start of Activity 2: Explanation of 'anchor points'.

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Activity 2: Students create their own 'anchor points' with two different objects and assign them arbitrary numbers.

Activity 2: Students create their own 'anchor points' with two different objects and assign them arbitrary numbers.

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Activity 2: Use the prompt question guide here to ask students questions. It's a useful way to assess their learning and understanding so far.

Activity 2: Use the prompt question guide here to ask students questions. It's a useful way to assess their learning and understanding so far.

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Activity 2B: Understanding tic marks.

Activity 2B: Understanding tic marks.

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Activity 2B: How to use tic marks and calculate   number of degrees between tic marks.

Activity 2B: How to use tic marks and calculate number of degrees between tic marks.

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Activity 2B: Using Student Handout to calculate degrees per tic mark.

Activity 2B: Using Student Handout to calculate degrees per tic mark.

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Activity 2B: Different standards of measurements and their relationships with one another.

Activity 2B: Different standards of measurements and their relationships with one another.

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Activity 2B: Student calculates difference in degrees for each standard temperature measurement.

Activity 2B: Student calculates difference in degrees for each standard temperature measurement.

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Activity 3: The main idea is that students will see a 1:1 relationship between their data and their partner's.

Activity 3: The main idea is that students will see a 1:1 relationship between their data and their partner's.

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Activity 3: Doubling the high anchor point  will result in a 2:1 relationship.

Activity 3: Doubling the high anchor point will result in a 2:1 relationship.

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Activity: A visualization of the table and graph of Student Handout 3.

Activity: A visualization of the table and graph of Student Handout 3.

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Activity 3: A sample graph of a student's data sheet.

Activity 3: A sample graph of a student's data sheet.

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Activity 3: Creating a scale using set anchor points.

Activity 3: Creating a scale using set anchor points.

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Activity 3: Teacher points out that the student created a Celsius thermometer and compares it to the Fahrenheit conversion chart in ThermBot.

Activity 3: Teacher points out that the student created a Celsius thermometer and compares it to the Fahrenheit conversion chart in ThermBot.

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Activity 3: Student graphs his line using his data.

Activity 3: Student graphs his line using his data.

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Activity 3: Student estimates different measures of temperatures based on his line graph.

Activity 3: Student estimates different measures of temperatures based on his line graph.

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Activity 3: Students should use this sheet to record their data and graph it.

Activity 3: Students should use this sheet to record their data and graph it.

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Activity 3: A picture of the student's estimation based on his line graph.

Activity 3: A picture of the student's estimation based on his line graph.

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A recap of the Thermbot Build-A-Bot module. Have fun!

A recap of the Thermbot Build-A-Bot module. Have fun!

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