Thermal Expansion Model

This activity allows students to demonstrate the thermal expansion of water for themselves using water bottles and straws. The discussion allows them to explore the connection between this concept and sea level rise due to climate change.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics Space Administration

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Preparing materials in advance would save instructional time and minimize safety issues.

Try the model first with materials on hand for an idea of how long the activity will take.

This activity fits well with accompanying lessons for more complete picture of sea-level rise.