Classroom Toolkit Exploration and Ideas
A tool used to measure the electricity consumption (in watts) of any item
plugged into a power source. It is measuring ELECTRICAL ENERGY.
Identify phantom loads by finding devices that seem off, but are still using electricity.
Predict which device draws the most electricity in your classroom. Use the Watt Meter to measure the top guesses.
Lux “Light” Meter
A tool used to measure the brightness level (in lux) of any surface, specifically
the intensity by which the brightness is felt through human eyes. It is measuring
VISIBLE LIGHT ENERGY.
Open the blinds and turn off the lights. What’s the reading? Repeat with closed blinds.
Turn on the lights. What’s the reading on different surfaces in the classroom?
A tool used to measure the surface temperature (in degrees) of any
environment. The infrared allows a temperature to safely be measured without
the tool directly touching it. It is measuring THERMAL ENERGY.
Predict the difference between the temp of a window in the shade vs. one in direct sunlight, then measure.
Check the temp of the window and an internal wall. Notice the difference.