The activities and resources provided here represent materials developed by the Possible Worlds team to help teacher-participants of the field studies integrate the digital games into their customary teaching of heat transfer.
This is a sample teaching sequence for integrating Galactic Gloop Zoo into the topic of heat transfer. It includes teaching tips and instructions for how to link the support materials with the game, and link the game to your regular instruction. The sequence was was developed and refined during the classroom field-testing of the digital game and the support materials.
This slide deck is a brief, general introduction to the topic of heat transfer and addresses the misconceptions that heat is a substance or that a cold object can transfer "coolness" to a warmer object. Information on convection, conduction, and radiation is tied to experiences in Galactic Gloop Zoo digital gameplay.
The purpose of this hands-on activity is for students to understand that heat transfers from a warmer object to a colder object until both reach the same temperature. Students predict what will happen when two equal amounts of water at different temperatures are mixed.
A simple radiation meter, consisting of a fast-response temperature sensor taped to a black-painted foil surface on foam insulation, allows students to explore radiative transfer at ordinary temperatures.
The Galactic Gloop Zoo mini-game is a stand-alone Flash app that provides four sample levels of Galactic Gloop Zoo for classroom discussion of the three types of heat transfer illustrated in the game.