Protect the ice cubes at all costs! Phil is talking about insulation and how we can show a way to keep things out. In this Hub Lab experiment we want to keep the heat away from the ice.

We are going to...
1. Explore the differences between solids, liquids and gases and how materials change into different states.
2. Learn about insulation and the transfer of heat energy

Look around you. The world we live in is made up of all types of materials used for all sorts of things; shoes, books, furniture, bikes, buildings, you name it, it's made of something, and usually quite a few somethings all working together to make a finished product.

But not all materials are the same and selecting the right materials is an important part of inventing, designing and building. By testing materials, we can see what properties they have and think about what they would be most useful for.

So in this case if we’re testing something for how good an insulator it is, we’re trying to figure out how good it is and stopping heat energy from moving. Making something out of the most suitable material will help you either keep things warm or things cool.

Can you think of anything that you would like to keep cool or keep warm?

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