Materials List: Weather Alert

Each group needs:

Photo shows two soda cans, tape, spool of thread, aluminum foil, bell and copper wire on a tabletop.
Figure 2. Some of the materials needed to create a model lightning detection system.
Copyright © 2007 Malinda Zarske, ITL Program, University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 2 empty aluminum soda cans
  • 1 8-inch wooden dowel
  • 6 inches of thread
  • masking tape
  • 2 square feet of aluminum foil
  • 2 pieces of copper wire, about 36 inches each (alligator clips also work)
  • 1 small jingle bell (available at craft and fabric stores)
  • Lightning Detector Testing and Analysis Worksheet, one per person

For the entire class to share:

  • 1 metal chair or desk (to ground the model lightning detector)
  • 1 television set (any size; must turn on; does not need to actually have a signal or be clear)
  • (optional) extra bells, cans, foil, thread or other items for students to improve on their designs