Urban Shade STEM Project

Ros Avery’s Year 8 Science Class have been participating in a STEM project with ECU and Scitech.

Students must apply what they have learnt about the heat island effect and work together to find a solution. They are researching how we are impacting on the local community with our choice of building materials and landscape design.

Infrared thermometers were used to test areas of shade/full sun/brickwork/metal including grass vs fake grass and determine how the different materials affect the temperature.

Students will test hot spots in the school and aim to come up with a proposal on how to fix the heat island effect.

Did you know?
An urban heat island (UHI) is an urban area or metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activities.

What causes the heat island effect?
Surfaces that were once permeable and moist become impermeable and dry. These changes cause urban regions to become warmer than their rural surroundings, forming an “island” of higher temperatures in the landscape. Heat islands occur on the surface and in the atmosphere.

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