“Design a interactive product for kids that explains visualizes to them how heat can be used to move something uphill”
We chose combine heat with steam to push a cylinder, which in turn pulled the cart with some charcoal. The design itself reverse to the beginning of the industrial revolution where steam was used to power most engines. The steampunk funk surrounding the machine fits that theme perfectly.
To give the students direct visual feedback of the process the burners are clearly visible and a thermometer was added. The cherry on top is the chimney that starts to smoke the moment the water starts to boil, meaning the cart is ready to be moved.