Energy and Combustion Experiment

In this investigation, students make observations of the timing, behavior, and smoke of different fuels as they burn. Students build a calorimeter to measure the heat of combustion of common household items or food items. If your classroom has the proper ventilation and equipment, directions are provided for building a calorimeter for classroom investigation. For classrooms without materials or without proper ventilation, students can watch the interactive video of our UL Fire Experts in the fire research lab to make observations and measure heat of combustion.