Sock It To Me

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In this activity, learners discover how sweating makes us feel cooler. Learners put on one damp sock and one dry sock and sit in front of a fan. As the water in the damp sock evaporates, it makes that foot feel cooler. Use this activity to talk about evaporation and temperature. Safety note: learners should keep their feet away from the fan blades!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • one pair of athletic socks
  • a fan
  • water


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Muscles and Skin
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • States of Matter
      • Changes of Phase

Informal Categories

  • Science Festivals Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access