Lesson focuses on how anemometers are engineered to measure the speed of wind, and how designs have changed over time. Student teams design and build a working anemometer out of everyday products and learn about how anemometers are used for feasibility tests on locations considering alternative energy from wind turbines. Student anemometers must be able to sustain the wind generated by a fan or hairdryer at varying speed and students must develop a way to measure and chart rotations at different wind speeds. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their anemometer and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.
8 – 18
- Learn about anemometers.
- Learn about engineering design.
- Learn how engineering can help solve society’s challenges.
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes
As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:
- weather sensor equipment
- interaction of technology and societal issues
- engineering design
Students explore the impact of how anemometers record the strength of the wind and how this information is used to support society both in terms of weather analysis and also the evaluation of sites for potential wind power projects. Students will work in teams of “engineers” to develop their own anemometer design out of everyday items. They test their sensor, evaluate their own designs and those of other students, and present their findings to the class.
- Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
- Student Resource Sheet (attached)
- Student Worksheets (attached)
Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.