Making Sense of Sensors

Have small groups in your class construct working hygrometers as an example of the benefits of using sensors in engineering. This activity can be used during a weather unit when covering humidity or in a STEM activity as a preparation for learning how to use specific sensing equipment. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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  • Constructing a working apparatus provides youngsters with a sense of accomplishment
  • Adaptable to Common Core standards for science and technical subjects
  • Meets Next Generation Science Standards for middle school engineering
  • Thoroughly written teacher's notes and student handouts make the lesson procedures clear

  • Though the publisher states that this lesson can be used for a broad range of age levels, the reading level and activity complexity are best for middle school