Paper Cup Anemometer

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In this meteorological activity, learners get to build their very own anemometer (instrument for measuring wind speed) using a paper cup. This is also an excellent activity to practice math and problem solving.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • 4 conical paper cups
  • 2 corrugated cardboard strips (approx. 24 cm x 4 cm)
  • 1 pencil with eraser
  • 1 push pin
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • 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:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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