Investigate heat loss with a thermal imaging camera

20 Investigating energy usage KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Activity summary

Using a thermal imaging camera will allow you to see exactly where the school is losing heat, and then plan measures to improve insulation. 

If your school does not have a thermal camera these can often be borrowed from secondary schools, university, local council or sustainability groups in your area.

The thermal imaging camera can also be used to conduct other experiments such as:
  • Experiments that allow you to see how some objects are better insulators than others. 
  • Experiments that show how different materials such as wood, metal and plastics conduct heat.
  • Experiments that show how your clothes act as insulators to keep in your body heat.
  • Identify where heat is being lost around your school buildings. 

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