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stations are a cinch to build using the instructions from two outstanding
Museum of Science
Follow the Miami Science Museum's step-by-step directions for making a
barometer, rain gauge, anemometer, psychrometer, wind streamer, and wind
chimes. Print the rainfall and temperature graphs to use with data collection.
Study the science behind the instruments through a series of problem-solving
experiments. A teacher's guide on hurricanes is being field tested, but
you can browse the table of contents.
A little more skill is required to make some of the instruments at the
Franklin Science Institute. You'll also need a weatherproof box when placing
the instruments outdoors. Directions and materials are listed for keeping
a weather journal, barometer, hygrometer, rain gauge, weather vane, and
compass. Special features include the history and science of radar, lightning,
and satellites. QuickTime movies demonstrate a variety of weather events.
Rounding out the unit is a hotlist of weather sites.
What is a weather
station like and how can I use this data in the classroom?
Ken Bland, Head of
Wider Schools’ Workforce Development, University of Northampton
and Christina Fairless, Environmental Sciences Technician, University
The aim of this article is focus on what a real weather station is like
and to examine how schools can get and use real weather data for use
in their classroom.
Automated Weather Source
For those who want
to set up an electronic weather station with computer linkup, there are
many choices and price ranges. You will want to decide which features
are best suited to your classroom. Popular among schools around the country
is the weather station from Automated Weather Source. You can join schools
from around the country and participate in WeatherNet. Some additional
Web sources for instruments and software are American Weather Enterprises,
Davis Instruments, Maximum, Inc., and the Weather Store.
Software for Your Desktop