Featured in PASCO’s Biology through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Biology through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2870C)

Features 25 inquiry based labs covering the fundamental concepts of cell biology, ecology and physiology.

Exploring Microclimates

Lab Summary

Use a weather anemometer sensor and current local weather conditions to measure relevant weather conditions at different locations. Determine the impact that a location's environmental conditions have on the microclimate of a given area.

Theory

In this activity, students explore local microclimates by measuring weather data around the school. Students:

  • Measure weather conditions at different locations using a weather sensor, and compare with current weather conditions in the area.
  • Determine the impact that a location's environmental conditions have on the microclimate of a given area.

Method

Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Measuring the temperature, barometric pressure, relative humidity, and dew point of various microclimates around their school ground.
  • Comparing weather data and drawing conclusions concerning factors that may affect microclimates.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Weather Anemometer Sensor

(PS-2174)

The Weather Anemometer Sensor measures wind speed and wind chill in addition to temperature, barometric pressure, relative and absolute humidity, and dew point.

PASPORT Sensor Extension Cable

(PS-2500)

Allows an additional two meter length extension on all PASPORT sensors.

Materials Used:

Cardboard box (or other covering)

The Associated Bundle:

Biology Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2925A)

The Biology Standard Sensor Bundle includes a photosynthesis tank and the sensors required to perform 19 of the 24 Lab Activities in the Biology through Inquiry manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.