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Thursday, February 27 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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The first industrial steam engines were in operation in the late 1600s but the theory of thermodynamics wasn’t worked out until the mid to late 1800s. The Science 10 curriculum for Unit 2 includes: “Focusing Questions: Which came first, science or technology, and is it possible for technological development to take place without help from pure science? How did efforts to improve the efficiency of heat engines result in the formulation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics?” This session will cover some of the history (both scientific and political) around steam power and thermodynamics, and offer suggestions for activities that students can do to help them build an intuition for the idea of energy efficiency.

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Barry Edgar

Edmonton Public Schools
Barry taught for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year (14 years in junior high math and science, and 26 years in high school general science and physics). He believes that students get most out of a classroom that is activity based... Read More →