Students Make Wind Vanes to Learn Weather

[As seen in the Cherokee Scout.]

Second grade students at The Learning Center Charter School learned about weather by immersing themselves in a hands-on E-STEAM activity designing and making anemometers.

E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and agriculture, and math and is a guiding educational philosophy at the charter school. An anemometer is an instrument for measuring the speed of the wind.

Second graders at the school studied weather patterns, climate, and seasons as well as weather instruments used to measure properties of weather.

“Weather is an important science standard for second graders in North Carolina,” said Emily Willey, elementary science teacher at the school.  “Designing and building our own tools for measuring wind speed engaged students deeply in the weather study and had students excited to learn more.”

Willey added that students also made windsocks to measure the direction of the wind and used thermometers to accurately measure temperature.  Students also learned about barometers, Doppler radar satellites, and weather balloons as important tools to predict weather patterns.

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