Involves study of heat transfer and thermal conductivity. As a metal silver is an example of a good conductor of heat.
In designing – eg. Ewan MacGregors coffee set – artist has to insulate parts which need to be held or touched. How is this done?
Pupils can investigate the insulating properties of different materials and then choose the best material to insulate parts of their own design.
Future steps and suggested amendments
Opportunity for a cross-curricular project with art looking at other examples where science and art might interact.
Collect other examples showing use of insulating material and explain its purpose.
Extend to how insulation might improve energy efficiency of buildings.