Weather Alert

Every time a bell rings ... there is lightning in the area. The activity provides directions to build a model of a lightning detection system. Similar to a system designed by Benjamin Franklin, the system uses static electricity to trigger the response. After building and testing the device, the class designs a system that could be used to warn the local community of an approaching storm. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class research Benjamin Franklin's lightning detection system
  • Determine what kind of modifications would allow your model to detect lightning
Classroom Considerations

  • You will need a number of materials for the activity such as aluminum cans, dowel rods, copper wire, aluminum foil, and jingle bells
  • The activity in a 12-part series
Pros

  • Pictures provide a reference of what the final design should look like
  • The resource provides assessments to conduct throughout the activity
Cons

  • None
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