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Twirling in the Breeze


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Twirling in the Breeze

In this engineering activity, learners build a device (an anemometer) to measure how fast the wind is blowing. Learners are encouraged to brainstorm, build, redesign/rebuild, collect data and continue exploring.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 1 unsharpened pencil (with eraser)
  • 6 straws
  • 10 T-pins
  • 4 small paper or plastic cups
  • 4 large paper or plastic cups
  • 2 ft. of masking or transparent tape
  • 1 fan
  • stop watches or clock with second hand
  • paper and pencils

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Rotation Motion
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Acknowledges this group's contributions to STEM
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0813519
  • ExxonMobil

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