Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide


Features 23 core lab activities that cover the fundamental concepts of Force & Motion, Energy Transfer, Electricity & Circuits, Fluids and more.

Energy Transfer

Lab Summary

Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to measure the transfer of heat energy of a candle flame through convection and conduction.


In this activity, students explore temperature changes that result from the energy transfer methods of conduction and convection.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain what heat is
  • Describe the conduction and convection energy transfer methods


Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Setting up materials and equipment to test transfer of heat energy of a candle flame through convection and conduction
  • Measuring the change in temperature at two locations, above a candle flame and at the end of a metal cylinder
  • Using math skills to analyze graphical data and determine the difference in rates of change of temperature

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Chemistry Sensor


Allows students to measure Temperature, pH/ISE/ORP, Absolute Pressure & Voltage in one sensor. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

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Middle School Physical Science Bundle


Equipment bundle for teaching 23 Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide labs.

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Middle School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 49 lab activities in the Middle School Science through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

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