Kettle Car

In this activity children will investigate the process of evaporation by designing an investigation that can be done in the classroom or playground.

Description

The British kettle car has successfully smashed the 100 year old record for fastest steam-powered vehicle. The car hit an average speed of 139.843mph over two runs at Edward's Air Force Base in California. The British Steam Car Challenge was driven by Charles Burnett III and broke 150mph for its fastest trip over a measured mile. The BSCC car's boilers can produce steam at a rate fast enough to make 23 cups of tea a second. The car took 2.5 miles to reach its record speed, and two miles to stop with a parachute. 

In this activity children will investigate the process of evaporation by designing an investigation that can be done in the classroom or playground.

Learning Objective:

-    to identify the process that takes place when water changes to a gas, as evaporation

Children will learn:

-    to discuss examples of evaporation they encounter in their everyday lives 

-    to suggest an experiment they could plan to show the 'disappearance' of water

 

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Acknowledgements

These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.