Climate, Weather…What’s the Difference?: Make an Electronic Temperature Sensor

What's the best way to record temperature over a long period of time? Scholars learn about collection of weather and temperature data by building thermistors in the fourth installment of the 10-part Discover Your Changing World series. They discover how electrical currents and resistance play a role in the collection of temperature data. Pupils use electrical tools to create and calibrate the temperature sensor to gather temperature readings in hot and cold water.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Practice data collection and graphing skills
  • Have small groups explore different microclimates around the school grounds then compare their data
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires materials not all classrooms have available
  • Uses sharp tools
Pros
  • Provides extension ideas for using the electronic temperature sensor
  • Real-world application
Cons
  • None
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