Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide


Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

Cars and Heat

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to determine how the temperature inside a car parked in the sun compares to the temperature of the air outside the car.


To understand this content, students:

  • Build a sample model of a car and passenger from a shoe box, black pepper, paper cup and other items.
  • Use a temperature sensor to measure the temperature in their model car when it is placed in the sun and left open, and then when it is covered with plastic food wrap.
  • Compare the temperature graphs an examine the data to draw conclusions about the temperature inside of parked cars.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor


Allows students to conduct all three measurements simultaneously and continuously. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Shoe box model car, assembled 1
Shoe box 1
Black paper - Enough to line the shoe box
Plastic food wrap to cover the shoe box 
Paper cup, modified to fit within the shoe box
Yarn, cotton balls, other craft supplies - A variety 
Markers, a variety of colors 
Glue stick 
Tape ~30 cm
Projection system (teacher use)
Shoe box model car, assembled (teacher use)

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 25 lab activities in the Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.