Age Range: 11 – 14 years old
Students will investigate the heating of water by combining classic science educational equipment with digital technology. Students will work in groups of 2 or 3 and will record the data using iLOG and evaluate their results.
- To understand how water boils.
- Learn how to use data logging software.
- To record and save data.
Kit Required for the Sensor
Mini Innovation Board
- MicroUSB Cable
- 2 x Connector Cable
- Bunsen Burner
- Bunsen Burner Stand
- Wire Mesh Gauze
WHEN CONDUCTING THIS EXPERIMENT ENSURE SAFETY GOGGLES ARE WORN AT ALL TIMES AND HEAT PROOF GLOVES ARE USED FOR HANDLING HOT ITEMS.
- Connect the micro:bit to the Mini Innovation board via the edge connector.
- Connect the temperature probe to the ADC1 connector on the mini innovation board.
- Connect the micro:bit to a computer via the microUSB cable.
Getting iLOG Ready
- If this is your first time using iLOG we recommend following our Guide to setup your micro:bit for data logging activities.
- Once the micro:bit is setup in step 1 you can now configure the datalogging settings.
- First you need to select Collecting Data. We are telling iLOG and the micro:bit we wish to gather data from them.
- Then Select Logging from sensors. This allows us to log directly from the micro:bit over USB. Note you can also log remotely by using a battery pack.
- Now we need to select the sensor we have connected.
- Click on the Sensors Box. This will open a new popup window.
- Tick ADC1 and in the dropdown select Temperature Probe (Celsius). This can be found under MicroMaker.
- Now we need to set how long we want to log for.
- For this experiment we selected 5 minutes as the time may vary depending on your equipment.
- Now all the configuring is done its time to click Ready.
- Use the illustration to set up the apparatus.
- Connect the Bunsen burner up to a gas supply but do not turn on.
- Ensure that the beaker is 3/4 filled with water.
- Insert the Temperature Probe into the water.
Now you should have everything setup and ready to go. Below is a check list make sure you are happy and have everything ready to go.
- Micro:bit setup with temperature probe connected to ADC1.
- iLOG on its main graphing screen with Temperature probe set to ADC1.
- Apparatus setup and ¾ filled with water.
If the above points are all done, then Datalogging can begin.
- In iLOG you need to locate the start Button. This can be found top left.
- Click the start Button. This will start logging your data.
- You will start to see plots appear on the graph.
- You will also see its current temperature appear in the bottom right.
- If it is plotting data and displaying its current temperature value then turn on the Bunsen Burner and light the gas.
- You will soon see the temperature increase.
- Once the water starts to boil you need to click stop in iLOG and turn off the Bunsen Burner carefully.
Taking it Further
- Conduct an investigation into the effects of stirring into the heating and cooling of water.
- Conduct an investigation into the effects of surface area on the heating and cooling of water.
- Conduct an investigation into the effects of insulation on the heating and cooling of water.
- Conduct an investigation into the effects of pressure on the heating and cooling of water.
- Conduct an investigation into the effects of material density into the heating and cooling of solids.
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