Do you eat more soup in the summer or winter? Do you eat more ice cream in the summer or winter? Do you drink more hot chocolate in the summer or winter? Do you drink ice cold beverages more in the summer or winter? Why do you think this? As the seasons change, our clothes change and so do our diets! In the summer, our diets include colder things to help cool us down. In the winter, our diets include more warmer items to help keep us warm. In the summer, we use coolers and ice to keep things cold. In the winter, what do we use to keep things warm? If you can’t think of something, well that means it’s time to engineer! Your challenge this month is to build a device that fits around or over a paper cup to help keep the contents inside warm for a longer period of time than normal.
Your device does have some criteria and constraints. Only the materials provided can be used in your design. The materials can be placed anywhere outside of the cup but not on the inside of the cup. It can have a cover over the top, but the cover needs to be able to fit the thermometer inside and removable so liquid or food can be put in the cup.
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