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.

Microclimates: Exploring GPS

Lab Summary

Use a weather anemometer sensor, a GPS position sensor, and current local weather conditions to measure relevant weather conditions (such as
temperature, barometric pressure, relative humidity and dew point) at different locations. Students also collect GPS data and transfer the collected data to a computer to visualize how the weather conditions varied on a satellite image.

Theory

In this activity, students:

  • Obtain current weather conditions for their area
  • Measure relevant weather conditions (such as temperature, barometric pressure, relative humidity and dew point) at different locations using a weather/anemometer sensor.
  • Explore local microclimates by measuring weather data and GPS data around the school. Students also collect GPS data and transfer the collected data to a computer to visualize on a satellite image of the recorded route how the weather conditions varied.
  • 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.
  • Collecting GPS data.
  • Comparing weather data and drawing conclusions concerning factors that may affect microclimates.
  • Importing data into MyWorld GIS and displaying data spatially.

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 GPS Position Sensor

(PS-2175)

Collects GPS data simultaneously with other sensor measurements, automatically syncing the data to your latitude, longitude, altitude, and velocity. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

PASPORT Sensor Extension Cable

(PS-2500)

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

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Materials Used:

Computer access for MyWorld GIS

USB flash drive

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.