User login

Weather Vane

Source Institutions

    Community Science Workshop Network

Add to listGo to activity
Weather Vane

In this meteorology activity, learners build weather vanes using straws, paperclips, and cardstock. Learners will explore wind and air resistance as well as how weather vanes are used to understand and predict weather. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 straws
  • 1 CD
  • 2 large paperclips
  • 2 nails
  • cardstock
  • tape, duct and scotch
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Acceleration
      • Rotation Motion
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Fresno Community Science Workshop


  • All Rights Reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, ©2011


User Lists

This resource is part of these lists: