Melissa’s Big Idea:
Melissa’s students designed a project to learn about heat transfer, designed ways to maximize or minimize heat transfer, and provided evidence of transfer using thermal energy cameras. Students were provided with materials to build models of their own design – they then visualized how energy moves and communicated whether their design is releasing or absorbing energy. Students developed skills through the use of science and engineering practices: questioning, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing data, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.This project helped students unpack and visualize the fundamental physics concept of heat transfer.
Melissa has spent 10 of her 18 years teaching as an STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) coach and team leader in addition to being a middle school drama director.