Grade Level: 5 (4-6)
Choose From: 3 lessons and 9 activities
SummaryThe focus of this unit is on meteorology concepts in relation to air pollution control and prevention. Students engage in hands-on activities to understand the properties and composition of air, relative humidity, barometric pressure, weather forecasting, and global climate regions.
Many engineers, including environmental, mechanical, computer, and aerospace engineers design equipment and technologies used to predict and study the weather. When designing treatments for air pollution, engineers must understand how the weather impacts air and air pollution. Engineers use knowledge of the properties of air and air composition to determine the causes of poor air quality and develop the best treatment methods. Engineers also must communicate their knowledge, through both technical terms for other scientists and engineers and the use of metaphors for a general audience.
Suggested activity order:
- Air - Is It Really There?
- Air Composition Pie Charts: A Recipe for Air
- Turning the Air Upside Down
- Dripping Wet or Dry as a Bone?
- Air Pressure Experiments: I Can't Take the Pressure!
- Barometric Pressure: Good News - We're on the Rise!
- Weather Forecasting: How Predictable!
- Word Origins & Metaphors: Take Their Word for It!
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Students are introduced to some essential meteorology concepts so they more fully understand the impact of meteorological activity on air pollution control and prevention. They build a simple aneroid barometer to understand how air pressure information is related to weather prediction.
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