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Build a weather station as you learn how to find a weather forecast and prepare for take off.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Specific equipment for each base (see instructions)

Before you begin

  • This activity works best as five bases.
  • It may be easiest to set up the bases before people get stuck in – we’ve included a list of what you’ll need at each base, and how much you’ll need for each group.
  • Everyone should split into five groups and move around the bases until they’ve made all three parts of their weather station.
  • We think each group will need about 10 minutes at each base – feel free to adjust it to suit your group.

Make a wind sock

You will need

  • One bamboo cane for each group
  • A cardboard tube for each group
  • Some coloured paper, glue stick
  • Coloured pens and pencils
  • String
  • Scissors

 

Make a thermometer

You will need

  • A clean plastic bottle for each group
  • A clear plastic straw for each group
  • Sticky tack
  • Sticky tape
  • Food colouring
  • Marker pen
  • Water

 

Make a barometer

You will need

  • A glass jar for each group
  • A balloon for each group
  • Sticky tape
  • A4 card
  • Marker pens
  • Scissors
  • Straws

 

Make a rain gauge

You will need

  • Clean, empty plastic bottle (two litres)
  • Scissors
  • Stones, pebbles or marbles
  • Access to water
  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker

 

Make a hygrometer

You will need

  • Two small thermometers (available online or from pet shops)
  • Cotton wool balls or thin cleaning cloth (for example, J-cloth)
  • Clean, empty plastic bottles (500ml)
  • Sticky tape
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Access to water
  • Access to the internet

Reflection

This activity was all about developing skills. People used practical skills to make their weather station, as well as working together as a team. How do weather stations help pilots prepare to take off or land? When else might it be useful to know about the weather conditions in advance? People might think about making plans with friends (if it’s a rainy day, you may want to do something inside) or going on a hike (you’ll need to know what to wear and pack). Can anyone think of another time it’s useful to prepare? People might think about schoolwork, practising skills like sports or instruments, or even thinking about their futures.

This activity was also a chance to value the outdoors. How does the weather affect how people engage with the outdoors? Does being able to predict the weather make it easier to enjoy being outside? Did learning more about how weather forecasting works help people feel connected to the natural environment?   

Safety

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.