Grade level: 6-12
Length: 1.5 minutes
Next Generation Science Standards: HS-PS3.A, HS-PS3.B
It's summer in the city. It's hot. The faint but recognizable jingle of the ice cream truck is getting louder as it rounds the corner into view. There's no time to put your shoes on. The best ice cream bars will be the first to go. You make a run for it, leaving the cool grass you've been lounging on and braving the burning pavement. Why don't they stock more of those delicious chocolate-bonzo mega-toffee super-crunch bars? But more importantly, why is the asphalt so much hotter than the grass? What is going on?
This video was made in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools as part of their NGSS-aligned high school biology curriculum.