Saturday, April 16, 2011
The class has been working very hard on their weather unit with 8th grade science teacher, Mrs. Nugent. In this past week's lesson, the students talked about how wind affects temperature. They thought about ways to measure the wind and what effects it would have. Mrs. Nugent gave them the task to create a wind anemometer in groups of 2. The kids were given 2 pieces of cardboard, a block with a small wood bead attached, a pencil, 4 small cups, putty, and small pins. They were given no direction or model to follow. The students worked as partners to draw their plans and to create their anemometer. They were then able to test their tool with the help of a fan. If it did not work, the kids went back to work on a new plan. The kids did an amazing job and it was amazing to watch them work through the task.