Hot Hands, Warm Gloves
Having students design products with which they have frequent exposure can make them more aware of how much that surrounds them in their work has been designed by someone. The article that you can access using the link at the bottom of the page presents a design task that takes about 2-3 days for students to complete. It was made to be used when students are studying heat and thermal energy in a physical science or physics class.
You may want to notice the sequence of activities that come before students actually design their gloves. Students get a chance to confront misconceptions like thinking that gloves provide warmth (versus reduce the flow of thermal energy from hot hands to colder places like the ambient air). Click on the icon or title below to view or print out copies of the Hands On! articles written by David Crismond, Earl Carlyon and Kelly Wedding, and used with the permission of TERC, an educational R&D non-profit organization in Cambridge, MA, that publishes the on-line magazine.