Close-up of a thermometer laying on the snow, with the temperature just below zero.

Chilling Out and Heating Up

How can we help people survive in extreme temperatures?

Project Summary

In this project, students work together in teams to create devices or other design solutions (e.g., self-heating blankets, cooling hats) that release or absorb thermal energy in order to prevent hypothermia or heat stroke. Teams interview wilderness emergency responders, people who work with houseless communities, and/or other professionals who work with people who face extreme heat or cold. Students design, build, and test solutions that are portable, flexible, and that leverage student learning about the physical and chemical properties of thermal energy.