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Intended for use prior to viewing the Science on a Sphere film "Water Falls," this lesson introduces students to Earth's water cycle and the importance of freshwater resources.
This activity is a short engineering design challenge to be completed by individual students or small teams. A real-world problem is presented, designing buildings for hurricane-prone areas, but in a simulated way that works in a classroom, after... (View More) school club, or informal education setting. Students are given simple materials and design requirements, and must plan and build a tower as tall as possible that will hold up a tennis ball while resisting the force of wind from a fan. After the towers are built, the group comes together to test them. If there is time after testing, which can be observational or framed as a contest between teams, students can redesign their towers to improve their performance, or simply discuss what worked well and what didn’t in their designs. (View Less)
This article introduces weather terminology and encourages discussion of the weather. A suggested project is provided for learners to create a book of weather terms. Using the list of terms provided, students define and identify the kind of unit... (View More) used to measure this characteristic of weather; describe, draw or show an instrument used to collect measurements; show how a measurement is calculated or converted from one unit to another (e.g., from degrees Fahrenheit to Celsius); and include a story found in a newspaper, magazine or online about this weather term. The article originally appeared in "The Technology Teacher" magazine. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and games. (View Less)