Resources for Students and Others Interested in Wind
"Run on the Wind" summer camp for grades 7-11; June 2012: A group of enthusiastic campers spent the early days of June at a six-day/five-night summer camp that explored the power of the wind and the means by which we harness it. Click for pictures from this year's camp. Next camp is June 9-14, 2013.
NSSL Learning Resources for Students: Includes coloring books you can print, information on tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and lightning. You can find out how to interpret a weather map and information about storm chasers.
FEMA FOR KIDS: FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They encourage prevention and provide assistance after a storm occurs. Learn more about how you and your family can prepare for any situation. This website provides games like crossword puzzles, coloring books, word searches and more.
Danish Wind Industry Association: Anyone interested in wind power can need more information or knowledge. Here you can find answers to many of the things you never knew you needed to know about wind power.
The Weather Underground will allow you to track any hurricanes that are active. At the top of the page, you can type in the name of any city and get the forecast. You can report the forecast to your parents and friends even before they hear it on the news.
Heading out on a trip? What will the weather be like? You can be the forecaster for your family and friends. Go to the Weather Channel's website, type in the name of a city in the little box on the left at the top to see current weather and the forecast.
Web Weather for Kids from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research lets you make a tornado, make lightning, or make a thunderstorm.
What is it like to fly right into a hurricane? Check out the Hurricane Hunters Web page.
Cool Clouds for "Kids" of All Ages has some really neat cloud pictures.
National Weather Service: A useful dictionary of weather-related terms and definitions.
Science Project Ideas
Need a project you can create yourself such as a weather instrument or simulated tornado? See these neat ideas.
Making Your Own Anemometer
This page from the Franklin Institute includes activities that guide you in learning more about the wind and WIND ENERGY. These activities are directed at teachers but kids will enjoy them too. There are some neat activities described like making your own anemometer. There are pictures of what kids have drawn and designed (but nobody has submitted a wind cartoon yet, maybe you can be the first).
Making Instruments to Measure the Wind
Miami Museum of Science has instructions for making instruments to measure the wind: a wind spiral, a wind chime, a wind scale and a wind streamer and projects that let you explore hurricanes.
Make a Tornado in a Jar
Need a simple experiment for a presentation on tornadoes? Make a tornado in a jar. There are lots of other easy weather experiments you can perform as well. You can even use low pressure to suck an egg into a bottle and then shoot it back out again. These are from the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Make a Tornado Simulator
Want to make a tornado simulator? You can make a simulator that will create a vortex that looks very much like a tornado. There are simple versions made with cardboard and plastic wrap to complex ones. The Tornado Project has a design for a simple one. Click on the Storm Cellar and then on the door that says The Workshop. You can also purchase a video from them that shows you step by step how to make a more complex simulator.
Photos for Reports
Really spruce up your report by using some great photos. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a photographic database of over 11,000 photos that you can use. It includes marine animals, coastal reefs and scenes around the world as well as weather and weather instruments. From the main page there are two ways to find photos.
- Choose the index to see a list of the different databases. For severe weather look at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) database or the Historic NWS (National Weather Service) database to see photos of past storms. It takes a while to download the index so be patient. Do a few toe touches while you are waiting. Now you will see a list of the photos with a small (thumbnail) photo next to the description. If you want to look at the big photo, just click on the nss plus number (in blue) to the left of the thumbnail. When this image appears, right click on your mouse to get a menu. Choose "save image as" and choose where on your computer you want to save that picture.
- Choose search. Type in the subject like "hail". It will give you a list of links to pictures of hail. Again, right click the mouse. Choose "save image as" and browse to the location on your computer where you want to save the picture.
Now you can copy and paste your pictures into your reports in most word processing programs. The photographs are not copyrighted as long as you give a proper citation (which means tell people where you got the picture). "Photograph courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration" would be an appropriate citation for the photo.