Heat shield activity description, notes and curriculum links
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The Solar Orbiter has to get very close to the Sun’s surface to observe how it works. It needs a heat shield, so its systems do not get too hot and melt. Can you design a heat shield from a suitable material?
This fun activity focusses on selecting the material to make a heat shield to stop a piece of chocolate from melting. Learners will make use of the theme of the future of flight to design, make and test a heat shield to prevent a piece of chocolate from melting. They will test different materials to see which protects the chocolate the best and discuss their results.
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