Materials List: Cooler Design Challenge

Each group needs:

  • a cardboard shoe box (each group should use boxes that are roughly the same size)
  • bubble wrap
  • masking tape
  • duct tape
  • aluminum foil
  • X-Acto knives. 2 pair, or similar pen knives   
  • scissors, 2 pair
  • heat lamp, available on Amazon (a blow dryer also works, but this may extend testing time if there is only one available)
  • thermometers, 1 for internal and 1 for external readings, available on Amazon
  • foam core (of a few different thicknesses)
  • Styrofoam bowls
  • ice (30 grams per student group)
  • Popsicles (at least 1 per student group; teachers can make a preference on whether or not students can eat them following the experiment)
  • packing peanuts
  • colored pencils
  • Cooler Design and Data Sheet

To share with the entire class:

  • digital scale