Blowin' in the Wind

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In this weather activity, learners build their own wind detector and test for the presence of convection currents in their indoor location. Though the initial activity takes only 30 minutes, the activity can be extended to encourage learners to collect data over a period of weeks of months, so that they might discover how convection currents are affected by differences in air temperature, different seasons, and building temperatures.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper hole-punch
  • Thread
  • Tape
  • New, unsharpened pencil


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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