Saturday, July 14, 2012

Solar Sock Ice Melting Competition

With the crazy heat the week of the fourth we had a friendly solar competition by putting ice into socks. Andrea over at No Doubt Learning, posted this idea, and I knew I just had to try it. She had a whole week of solar activities, and this one was my favorite.  She called it Colors and Heat

Each family member chose a sock (Caleb-pictured above) chose two, and we put 3 ice cubes in each sock and set them out in the sun. We each cheered for our own sock, I was thinking my black one would win, cuz, you know dark colors absorb more light that is then turned into heat. But... 

Instead, the white baby sock won. We didn't go too much into the science of it, as it was just a friendly family game, and one that will help us remember how hot it was this summer! 


  1. I love that the baby sock won! That's hilarious! Glad you had fun with it. It's been in the 100's here, so we might have to try a few other experiments with containers and ice. I'm dying to get more things posted this week...we're in the middle of moving, so I've been a bit behind! Isn't it funny that the baby's sock says #1 and it melted first? Maybe a lucky sign...:)

    1. Ha, I didn't even put it together that the sock with the #1 on it won! Duh! Good luck in your move!

  2. I would love to know why the baby sock won. Was it the thinnest, did it have the poorest insulation? -totally the opposite of what I'd want/ expect a a baby's sock to be like.


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