Surviving in the extreme conditions of the Polar Regions is very hard and explorers need a lot of kit to survive. One of the most important properties they are looking for in materials is insulation. In this activity, you will investigate different materials and see how good they are as insulators.
In this activity, you will investigate the insulating properties of three different materials. You will then need to use these findings to make a recommendation on which material to use for clothing on a polar expedition.
The results will depend on the materials used; however, expect ‘fluffy’ materials to be better insulators as they trap air.
Part of:XL Catlin Oceans Education
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