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Weather Vane and Anemometer


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Weather Vane and Anemometer

In this meteorology activity, learners construct simple devices to measure the direction and speed of wind. Learners will explore wind and air resistance as well as how weather vanes and generators work to analyze weather patterns. Note: a drill and other specialty tools are required for this activity, but are not included in the cost of materials.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 12" dowel, 1/4"
  • 1 baseboard, 2x4
  • 1 wood block, vane: 4"x1/2"x1/2"
  • 1 wood block, top: 1/2"x1/2"x1/4"
  • 4 small plastic cups
  • 4 craft sticks
  • 1 bamboo skewer
  • 1 nut or washer
  • 2 electrical wires, 12" long
  • 1 thin nail bit
  • 1 19/64 drill bit
  • 1 ammeter
  • drill
  • paper
  • electrical tape
  • glue gun
  • wire strippers
  • 1 binder clip

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Motors
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • 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

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


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, ©2011

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