Conductors of Heat: Hot Spoons

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This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners can use it to investigate how different materials vary in their conduction of heat. Learners with visual impairments can feel the temperature changes (guided by an educator) and hear the change in an audible output thermometer. Sighted learners can observe the changes visually as well.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Large plastic cooking spoon
  • Large wooden spoon
  • Large metal spoon
  • 3 large beakers
  • Timer
  • 3 Talking Thermometers
  • Heat source


  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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