http://www.flir.com/ Homepage for FLIR infrared imaging systems, located in Wilsonville, Oregon.
http://www.flir.com/imaging/company/ A FLIR company page with a short video clip (“FLIR Shareholders’ Video 2004”) demonstrating uses of thermal imaging and thermography. A Powerpoint “Investor Presentation” is also available on this page, along with the “2004 Annual Report.” The uses include imaging, firefighting, military, heat-loss, along with many other uses. This technology has many potentials for the classroom once prices drop sufficiently to make it available in schools.
Potential uses in K-12 classrooms:
Class portraits in the Infrared
Composite IR images of a class (use ImageJ to stack the images using eyes as common points)
IR photos of common things: different kinds of flowers—what parts attract in the IR
Different animals (See Zoo lessons)—do hair, nails, horns radiate the same amount of heat?
Using IR to look at pictures, paintings, colors
Superimposing B&W or Visible Color images with IR images
Discovery/Inquiry/Science experiments—studying heat, temperature, flow of energy
What common things in the classroom give off heat (computers, overheads, etc)?
Studying faces and skin after drinking hot and cold drinks or after exercise
What do different recess activities or sports activities look like in the infrared?
Using IR to monitor plants germinating/growing—night vs day?
…or to monitor classroom pets
What do clouds or storms look like in the IR? Lightning? Rain?
Watching birds/small mammals in the wetlands in the IR
Monitoring the fish and temperature in fish tanks
Exothermic and endothermic reactions (including cold packs from first aid kits and hot packs used by skiers)
Using calibrated infrared images to rank single replacement reactions
Using calibrated infrared images to determine color changes of reactions as well as temperature changes
The Thermit reaction in IR
Monitoring oscillating reactions
Checking for heat loss in our classrooms and buildings and dorms
Studying the effect of glass, plastic, etc, on thermal images
What kinds of insulation prevent the most heat loss
Experimenting with metals of different specific heats.
Determining absolute zero using IR?
Online Infrared Classroom Resources
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/ The Cool Cosmos Cosmic Classroom with interactive videos, lessons, activities, resources for K-12 students and teachers. In English and in Spanish.
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/ir_zoo/index.html Birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects and arachnids seen through the IR lens!
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/ir_zoo/lessons/index.html Links to lessons and classroom activities using the Infrared Zoo.
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/sitemap.html#imagegalleries Images in the IR.
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/videos/more_than_your/index.html An Online video clip: Infrared: More than your eyes can see.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/schedule/programdescriptions/Infrared-More_Than_Your_Eyes_Can_See_5-8.html Dr. Michelle Thaller’s More Than Your Eyes Can See video for 5th-8th grade level. Includes Zoo animals in the IR. Runs about 7 minutes. Available as a low-band or a high-band video file.
**Play Video or Download Video at http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/videos/more_than_your/index.html at the Cool Cosmos NASA site.
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ir_tutorial An IR tutorial to accompany the Video.
http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/wxwise/satir/IRCloud.html Thermal Imaging of clouds.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Laboratory/Compositer/ false color MAS experimenter
http://www.canby.com/hemphill/SpitzerResourcesRH0206.htm Mining the Online Spitzer Resources for classroom materials and activities.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/schedule/fileschedule/index.html NASA TV listings for recording and classroom use.