June is the official month that the long-awaited summer begins! This year it starts on June 20th to be exact. But that doesn’t mean we have to wait until then to start having summer weather and summer fun. When you think of summer, what do you think about? Vacation? Pool? Theme Parks? Food? No School? Some might think about the foods you get to experience more during summer: hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, corn on the cob, salads, ice cold lemonade, ice cream, popsicles, etc. Cold treats are always a favorite to help you cool down on a hot summer’s day but easily melt. Hmmm…...How could you prevent these items from melting so fast if you left them out or weren’t able to finish them all in one sitting? What’s melting the object so fast? Does it matter where you eat the object being in the sun, part sun, or shade? Answering these questions might help you with the challenge for this month. Your challenge is to create a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area. If successful, then your cold treat might not melt so fast!
Your structure does have some criteria and constraints. Determine specific dimensions of how large/small to build the structure. Decide the time of how long an object will be placed under the structure, if any. Use the same kind of thermometers for measuring the temperature for under the structure and next to the structure.
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