NSTA recently reviewed the FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera and the Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app developed by Vernier. In the review, Edwin Christmann discusses the functionality and features of both the camera and the app and how they provide students with an engaging, hands-on way to study thermodynamics. He says:

“The Thermal camera, in conjunction with the Thermal Analysis app, can do much more than simply detect heat. Students will also be able to record and graph live temperature data from up to four locations on an image. This will allow them to compare the temperature data between different locations during an experiment. Furthermore, each picture taken with this device will also simultaneously take a standard picture, providing greater detail of the image.”

To help teachers utilize the Thermal Analysis app with the FLIR ONE camera, Vernier created a variety of science investigations that teachers can access on the Thermal Analysis app page. They include

  • Investigating the transmission and reflection characteristics of infrared light as compared to visible and ultraviolet light by observing a person through a variety of materials
  • Studying the thermal conductivity in solids using various materials of similar thickness, such as wood, cardboard, ceramic, steel, and glass
  • Creating a visual representation of thermal equilibration using a combination of petri dishes filled with warm and cool water
  • Investigating evaporative cooling by observing the surface of a cup of various liquids
  • Analyzing heats of solutions using various solids dissolved in water
  • Exploring the effect of vascularity on skin temperature recovery after brief exposure to ice
  • Comparing reptile skin temperatures under a heating lamp and in the shade

Read the complete review of Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app on the NSTA Blog »