Students in Mrs. Dattilio and Mrs. Edie’s 4th grade science classes have been hard at work discovering that there are many aspects of weather that can be measured. To wrap up this Ohio Science Standard, students chose one of the weather instruments that they learned about to research, design, build and test. The students took an engineering approach to completing this 6 phase project.
During the first phase, students spent time researching different designs of their weather instrument. Students used the internet and other resources to compare and analyze one instrument design to another. Students used their research to create their own design during the second phase of the project. Students decided on materials that would be needed and sketched out drawings. After completing the planning stage, they went to work building their instrument using the plan they had created. Upon completion of the instrument, students then took their instrument outdoors to put it to a test.
Over a period of time, they used their instrument to measure the weather. Their weather data was then organized into a chart or a graph so that it could be easily understood. The last step of the project was to present their findings to the class. Some students created rain gauges to measure the amount of rain that fell, while others built anemometers to measure the speed of the wind. There were also several wind vanes that were used to monitor the direction of the wind. Hygrometers measuring the amount of humidity in the air were created as well as barometers that measure the air pressure pressing down on our earth. The students were very proud of their work and plan to continue to use their instruments to make weather measurements.