25 July 2018
We have found that a single ice cube (the standard square kind served with your drinks) left outdoors will melt completely at 42 minutes and 33 seconds. The ice block used in the challenge will, of course, be significantly bigger! One of the prizes is a pair of Brooks running shoes, so set your benchmark at a block big enough to accommodate a shoe plus a bit of excess around it.
The ice block size may also vary according to the different prizes. Using our calculations, if a small cube melts at roughly 42 minutes and 30 seconds, an ice block that is 10 times bigger should melt in 3-5 hours. And so on.
*Conditions such as changing weather may vary the time taken for ice to melt
Our experiment was done outdoors in the ‘harsh’ elements of Malaysia. We did this for the best outcome result so that you guys can find the actual time taken for the ice to melt for our Ice Challenge.
Firstly, Heat will affect the time taken for the ice to melt. This is because heat = energy, and it takes energy to melt the ice. Depending on how hot the outside weather is, the heat energy surrounding the area may vary from time to time.
Besides that the rain can appear out of nowhere. Just remember that water will also affect the time taken for the ice to melt. This is because water will have a different temperature, so the ice used will react to that change of atmosphere.
Finally, there’s the wind to be worried about. The bigger the surface area of the ice, the more it is exposed to wind, which will also affect the melt time.
In case you guys haven’t heard, we will be having a live-streamed recording of each melting ice block! So you can let your eyes be the judge by keeping watch on the surroundings, weather conditions and more.
The live stream will happen every week for 5 weeks starting 28 July 2018. So get your calculations ready — when the challenge begins, you’ll want a head start in securing those prizes! Heads up, here’s where you can find out our timing for the ice challenge live stream