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Make Your Own Barometer


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Make Your Own Barometer

In this weather activity (page 10 of the PDF), learners will demonstrate the changes in atmospheric pressure by constructing their own barometer. Learners will explore the concept of barometric pressure and how it affects weather patterns. Though this activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, it makes a great stand-alone activity as well!

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Balloon
  • Narrow-mouthed jar
  • Rubber band or piece of string
  • Glue
  • Drinking Straw
  • Piece of Paper

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • COSI on Wheels Teacher Packs

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009

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