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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Keep It Hot Kit

Item # 750054 Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Explore energy transfer, specific heat, heat capacity, temperature, and insulation while designing a device that limits heat transfer.
  • High school engineering design challenge with enough materials to support 15 teams.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Lab activity that designs a solution for an engineering problem to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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Students apply their knowledge of heat and heat transfer to solve this engineering problem, “How can we design a device that minimizes heat transfer better than a foam cup?” Students initially research the relevant scientific concepts and then construct a prototype. During the prototyping activity, students evaluate the insulating properties of paper and foam cups, using their data and graphs. Design teams then apply their skills, prior knowledge, and available materials to engineer a system in which a paper cup can be made to insulate as well as, or better than, a foam cup. Testing, data collection, and analysis drive the design process. Students then present their design and test results to their peers.

Time Requirement
Total, 255 minutes. Teacher prep, 15 minutes. Research and prototyping, 90 minutes. Design challenge, 60 minutes. Assessment and presentation, 90 minutes.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations

Crosscutting Concepts
Energy and Matter

Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how heat energy is conserved as it moves from a system to its surroundings.
  • Explain that heat flows from a warmer area to a cooler area, toward equilibrium.
  • Apply science concepts to design a solution to an engineering problem.
  • Calculate the amount of heat transferred from a given mass of hot water using temperature change, mass, and specific heat.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with heat transfer between objects and from a system to the surroundings; the concept of equilibrium, especially in reference to heat transfer; and the way properties of the materials in the system, such as specific heat, affect the rate at which heat is transferred.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Foam Cups, 8 oz 15 Included
Lid for Foam Cups, 8 oz 20 Included
Cotton Balls 1,500 Included
White Rice, 14 oz 5 Included
Sand, 5 lb 1 Included
Circular Hook Fasteners 100 Included
Circular Loop Fasteners 100 Included
Paper Cups, 8 oz 20 Included
Cardboard Boxes 15 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Graduated Cylinders, 100 mL 15 Needed, Not Included
Thermometers 15 Needed, Not Included
Beakers, 250 mL 15 Needed, Not Included
Heat-Resistant Gloves or Beaker Tongs 15 Needed, Not Included
Timers 15 Needed, Not Included
Scissors Needed, Not Included
Hot Plate (optional) Optional, Not Included
Box Sealing Tape Needed, Not Included
Hot Water (70 to 75° C) Needed, Not Included
Document Camera or Overhead Projector Needed, Not Included

Carolina STEM Challenge

Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series

Engineer excitement with NEW kits for middle and high school physical science that:

  • Incorporate STEM concepts
  • Promote creativity, team building, and fun
  • Encourage interest in science

Easily integrate exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into any physical science curriculum with Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits. They engage and inspire students with fun real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format.

Hands-on activities center on engineering concepts and practices from the Next Generation Science Standards. Design teams design, build, test, and modify their prototypes to provide an innovative solution to the class challenge. These activities strengthen students’ critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills, while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.

Designed with ease of use in mind, Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits have the materials and information needed for classroom success:

  • Warm-ups and demonstrations
  • Science content
  • Literacy extensions
  • Notebooking options
  • Grading and scoring rubrics