Seeing the Unseen: An Investigation of Heat Transfer Using Infrared Thermography and LabVIEWTM.
Abstract: In this thesis
work, the capacity of the infrared (IR) camera as a potential tool for creating
excitement and engagement among students in the investigation of heat transfer concepts
in the classroom is evaluated. Thermal videos of various heat transfer mechanisms
captured with an IR camera help students visualize the abstract and invisible heat
transfer processes. An interactive ... read moreprogram was developed in LabVIEWTM that displays
thermal videos captured by an IR camera and allows students to record thermal videos of
experiments, plot temperature changes of any point on the thermal video and save their
graphical results. To gain insight into the toolkit's ability to generate enthusiasm and
engagement among students, preliminary usability testing of the toolkit was conducted
with twelve middle school students. Based on oral and written feedback and observed
interactions, the toolkit was successful in creating excitement and engagement towards
heat transfer among the students. The IR camera, the interactive program and its use by
students with emphasis on the advantages of these tools and some of the challenges for
their integration in a classroom are
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Advisor: Luisa Chiesa.
Committee: Chris Rogers, Charles Xie, and Edmund Hazzard.
Keywords: Mechanical engineering, Science education, and Middle school education.read less