This Climate, Weather…What’s the Difference?: Make an Electronic Temperature Sensor activity also includes:
What's the best way to record temperature over a long period of time? Scholars learn about collection of weather and temperature data by building thermistors in the fourth installment of the 10-part Discover Your Changing World series. They discover how electrical currents and resistance play a role in the collection of temperature data. Pupils use electrical tools to create and calibrate the temperature sensor to gather temperature readings in hot and cold water.
- Practice data collection and graphing skills
- Have small groups explore different microclimates around the school grounds then compare their data
- Requires materials not all classrooms have available
- Uses sharp tools
- Provides extension ideas for using the electronic temperature sensor
- Real-world application