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How Do Mittens Keep You Warm?

Experiment #2 from Elementary Science with Vernier

Education Level
Elementary School


Do you have a favorite pair of mittens or gloves? Even if you do not live in a cold place, it is possible that you have been somewhere cold or will go to a cold place when you are older. When you wear mittens or gloves to keep you warm, where do you think the warmth comes from? In this experiment, you are going to find the source of the heat.


In this activity, you will

  • Find the temperature of the classroom and the temperature of your hand.
  • Try to predict temperature changes that happen when the Temperature Probe is placed in various locations.
  • Test how warm mittens help your hands stay warm.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following sensors and equipment. Additional equipment may be required.

Option 2


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