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An Inversion Model

This demonstration allows students to visualize inversion in a fluid, explain it in terms of density, and apply the concept to weather systems and convection. Materials required include four Ehrlenmeyer flasks, two thin glass plates, a heat source,... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: \$5 - \$10 per group of students

To Eat or Burn: The Energy's the Same!

Students use a calorimeter made of common materials to demonstrate that energy can be measured and converted from one form to another. Hydrocarbons, such as paraffin, contain stored chemical energy; food contains stored chemical energy. The activity... (View More)

Earth Turns? Prove it!

In this demonstration, evidence of the Earth's rotation is observed. A tripod, swiveling desk chair, fishing line and pendulum bob (e.g., fishing weight or plumb bob) are required for the demonstration. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses... (View More)

Predicting Weather by Connecting the Basic Cloud Types with Information Collected from the Weather Station

In this activity, students are challenged to predict the next day's weather based on cloud observations, prevailing winds, and barometric measurements over a period of several days. The activity can be done as guided or open-ended inquiry and serves... (View More)

Bringing More Meaning to Weather Predicting: The Weather Station and Reading the Sky Help Put it All Together

This chapter provides teachers with instructions to install a school weather station, and to build simple instruments to monitor weather conditions. Materials need to create a homemade weathervane include a two-liter soft drink bottle, a shallow... (View More)

A Sling Psychrometer and Relative Humidity

In this activity, students build a basic understanding of how a sling psychrometer is used to determine relative humidity and learn how to read a chart to determine this relationship. In addition, the student will become familiar with the concept of... (View More)

What the Doppler Effect Tells Us About Distant Stars and Planets

In this demonstration, students experience the Doppler effect for sound. Students can compute the frequency change for motion along the line of sight (LOS) and determine the vector LOS component for motions not exactly on it. A buzzer, battery,... (View More)

Bird Beak Accuracy Assessment

In this activity, students quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification and understand a simple difference/error matrix. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird’s beak: carnivores (meat eaters), herbivores... (View More)

How are Rainfall Rates Measured?

In this problem-based learning activity, students learn about weather forecasting and the role of the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite in data collection. Assuming the role of climatologists, students assist a reporter in... (View More)

The Zig Zag Race of Reflectors

In this kinesthetic game, student learn about light reflection. Teams line up with a series of mirrors and race to as they transfer a beam of light from one mirror to another as quickly as they can. A flashlight and 4 or 5 handheld mirrors are... (View More)