Thermal Imaging Resources for the Classroom

March 20, 2006

FLIR Resources Homepage for FLIR infrared imaging systems, located in Wilsonville, Oregon. 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 The Cool Cosmos Cosmic Classroom with interactive videos, lessons, activities, resources for K-12 students and teachers. In English and in Spanish. 

   Birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects and arachnids seen through the IR lens!  Links to lessons and classroom activities using the Infrared Zoo. Images in the IR. An Online video clip:  Infrared: More than your eyes can see. 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 at the Cool Cosmos NASA site. An IR tutorial to accompany the Video. Thermal Imaging of clouds.  false color MAS experimenter Mining the Online Spitzer Resources for classroom materials and activities. NASA TV listings for recording and classroom use.

r. hemphill