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Cooling the Mummy's Tomb

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    Miami Science Museum

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Cooling the Mummy's Tomb

In this activity, learners conduct an experiment to help Pharaoh design a better insulated tomb. Learners compare how well single, double, and triple insulated cups keep water cold over a period of 20 minutes. Learners collect and analyze the data to conclude which set-up kept the water cool the longest.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 6 Styrofoam cups and 3 lids
  • 3 thermometers
  • water
  • ice
  • 1000 ml beaker


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Little, Carlyn; LaHart, David; Meyers, Ted; Weisblat, Brooks


  • All Rights Reserved, Museum of Science, Inc. (Miami, FL), ©1997

Funding Source:

  • Unisys


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