Lesson 7 • Designing a playground for the heat

Students apply their learning by designing a playground or piece of playground equipment with the aim of reducing heat transfer.

Scorching swings and slides

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Students will:

  • use design thinking processes to design a playground or piece of playground equipment that minimises the transfer of heat.


Students will represent their understanding as they:

  • contribute to a class discussion about potential solutions that stops/slows the heating up of playground equipment on a sunny day.
  • create annotated diagrams of their playground/piece of playground equipment that show/explain where heat transfer is occurring, and how it will be slowed/stopped.
  • communicate their design thinking and choices in a manner appropriate for a specific audience.