Creating a Wind Vane

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Sometimes it seems meteorologists change their minds as quickly as the wind changes directions! Knowing the direction of wind is important for scientists in helping them determine future forecasts. Student groups build a wind vane, analyze its structure, and determine best placement for the most accurate data collection.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pairs of learners collect data at the beginning of class for a week and compare to predicted forecasts and actual data from local weather stations
Classroom Considerations
  • Teacher may want to set up straight pins in step three ahead of time for safety reasons
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes extension ideas and levels of inquiry at the end of the activity
  • Contains a data table to show wind direction over time
  • In step eight, it says to "set the rain gauge outside ...," which is a typo. It should read "set the wind vane outside..."