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Designing, Building, and Testing Weather Instruments


In 3rd grade, students have been studying a weather unit.  In order to learn more about how weather is determined, students learned about weather instruments.  Then they designed and created their own weather instruments based on what they had learned.  Some of the instruments included barometers, anemometers, rain gauges, and weather vanes.  After multiple revisions, students went outside to test how well their instruments worked.  Students learned that engineers are not always successful the first time, so they revise and test again.



Our barometer was hard to make. We had to make lots of adjustments. We are proud of it and it works!

Bernie and Henry


Holden: My group made a sturdy rain gauge and this will help the Pilgrims’ know the rainy seasons.

Isabella: I made a rain gauge and it will help the Pilgrims know how much it rained overnight and learn about inches.

Quinn: The instrument I made was a wind vane. It will help the Pilgrims know the wind’s direction.

December 15th

Grade 3

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We designed an anemometer. It worked well because it turned quickly when the wind speed increased! We used a fidget spinner bearing to make it spin!  We learned a lot and it was fun to build it with our group! 
Senan, Caroline, Aiden F. Gregory

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We designed a weather vane/windsock. It was interesting and fun to plan and design this weather instrument. It didn't work the first time. We redesigned our instrument and need to improve our design again.
Olivia, Zack, Owen, and Kai


This is my anemometer. I made the cups using the 3D printer. I used a pencil for the axle, and the space between the PVC pipe and the yellow circle, allows it to spin. I had fun making it. Tommy