Cool pots

A global primary Upd8 from ASE and Practical Action

Cool pots
KS2: ages 7-11WebsiteFilmPowerpointPDF

One of a set of three primary activities produced by the Association of Science Education (ASE) in collaboration with Practical Action for the Global Learning Programme England. Each looks at a ‘big question’ faced by a child living in a developing country and encourages pupils to work scientifically and investigate the science behind a potential solution.

Materials include a PowerPoint presentation, which incorporates student worksheets, and comprehensive teacher notes with links to useful secondary sources of information. In addition to being suitable for the science curriculum these materials can be used in a science or STEM club.

This resource looks at a ‘big question’ facing a girl called Grace who lives in Sudan… how can her family keep their fruit and vegetables fresh for longer?

Pupils gain an understanding of what it might be like to be a child like Grace, to live in a village with no electricity to keep fruit and vegetables cool. They then go on to investigate how building a special container using insulation to stop heat transfer may help. Finally they look at the actual solution used by families like Grace’s in Sudan.

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