Materials List: Spacecraft Design:
Beat the Heat!

For the test box:

  • 1 thin piece of transparent Plexiglas for testing window (available at hardware stores)
  • 1 medium-sized cardboard box, such as a copier paper box
  • hairdryer
  • duct or packaging tape
  • paper towels or plastic liner, to catch drips in the bottom of the box

Photo shows blue plastic egg and stick of butter with one slice cut off.
Copyright © 2007 Denise W. Carlson, ITL Program, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Each group needs:

  • 1 thin square pat of butter
  • plastic egg, or another small closed plastic container to represent a space capsule or probe

For the entire class to share:

  • scissors
  • masking tape
  • glue
  • construction paper
  • aluminum foil
  • toothpicks
  • assortment of balsa wood, fabric and cardboard pieces
  • assortment of Styrofoam cups
  • thermometer to measure inside test box temperature
  • oven mitt, to remove warmed space capsule form the test box
  • timing device