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Thermal Insulator - Guide

You can find the 'Thermal Insulator Experiment' in the Interactivities section of the site.

Use the table below to see how this animation could be used in curriculum activities in the classroom.

Curriculum Area Possible Activities


Explore the rate at which the temperature drops.


Creative writing based on cold and warm. Acrostic poems linked with the cold of space.

Scientific report on the experiment


Carry out the experiment for real in the classroom (NB Boiling water may be a health and safety issue for you. If so use ice instead)


Use monitoring tools such as heat sensors when running the experiment to log results.


Find out about fabrics used in everyday clothes like coats. Find out about the materials used and if there are any links with the space programme.