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One of the factors that automotive engineers must consider is wind drag. The less wind drag, the more efficient the car will be. They perform many tests in wind tunnels, then refine their designs and test again. Using simple materials, transform your middle and high schoolers into designers and engineers as they work together to create their own low-drag cars, then test them in a class wind tunnel. To adapt this to the Next Generation Science Standards, have teams compare their results then work together to create the most efficient design possible.
Learners read a book and observe the wind and how it affects the environment. They explore what wind does by looking at pictures, reading a book, and by completing an experiment. They will use their own knowledge of the wind and compare it with the new information they obtain. In addition, they have the opportunity to experiment with many different objects on a windy day to see how the winds affects these objects.
Students learn about wind at different altitudes above the earth. In this wind lesson plan, students use kites or balloons with attached streamers to observe the wind speed, wind turbulence and shear at different elevations. Students complete an observations/data sheet and answer 7 questions about their results.
Students explore hurricanes. In this weather data interpretation lesson, students draw conclusions about the impact of Hurricane Floyd as it related to weather conditions. Students read and interpret a tide data table, a barometric pressure line graph, and a variety of wind and water line graphs. Students use links to real time data sources to predict weather in their local area.
Students investigate wind. In this weather science activity, students read the poem Who Has Seen the Wind? and discuss the properties of wind gusts. Students use a feather to demonstrate how the wind blows objects around. Additionally, there are several other activities that are suggested, such as creating wind socks and blowing bubbles outside during a windy day.
This is not revolutionary, but it is informative. Earth science viewers in grades 7-12 get carried away with wave and wind erosion. They view diagrams of how waves impact ocean shorelines. They see examples of the different types of sand dunes and how they are formed. This is a terrific addition to your lesson on weathering and erosion.
For this earth science worksheet, learners read a poem about the wind and learn why the wind blows. After reading the poem and informative paragraphs that follow it, students answer 2 questions regarding the information they read. Finally, learners write their own poem about the wind.
A comprehensive and well-written lesson plan that results in learners building a standard wind turbine is here for you. It even suggests where you might purchase the materials. This activity is a noble undertaking that will blow both your class members and the entire school away! Consider making this a culminating project for your engineering, physics, or environmental studies classes.
Racing wind-up sharks through corn syrup finally has a classroom application! In a comprehensive three-day lesson, middle schoolers go through a series of investigations to discover the properties of different fluids, including density and viscosity, then apply what they learned to scale models. By combining algebraic math skills with scientific concepts, real-world applications abound.
Students complete a series of experiments to simulate the effect of solar winds on space stations. The first one, "Sticky Situation" requires students to simulate solar wind. Next they determine the composition of "space particles" by using UV sensitive beads, and lastly they simulate collecting space particles by removing safety pins from a bowl of beads while blindfolded.