Melissa’s Big Idea:
Melissa’s students will design a project to learn about heat transfer, design ways to maximize or minimize heat transfer, and provide evidence of transfer using thermal energy cameras. Students will be provided with materials to build models of their design – then visualize how energy moves and communicate whether their design is releasing or absorbing energy. Students will develop 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 will also help 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.