Build Your Own Weather Station

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/build-your-own-weather-station
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); DiscoverySchool.com; Earth Science Week (ESW)
Summary:Atmospheric scientists study weather processes, the global dynamics of climate, solar radiation and its effects, and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. They observe what's going on in our atmosphere today and compare it to records from years past. To monitor the weather, atmospheric scientists use highly specialized instruments that measure rainfall, wind speed and direction, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. You can measure these at your home or school. Begin creating a weather station by building a psychrometer, also called a hygrometer, to measure the relative humidity. In this activity, students build the start of their own weather stations that can read temperature and humidity. Students then write down their readings on a chart.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-5; MS-ESS2-6; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Developing and using models; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: atmosphere; atmospheric science; climate; climate change; earth science week; environment; pollution; weather
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