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.

Weather in a Terrarium

Lab Summary

Use a weather anemometer sensor in the microclimate of a terrarium to understand changes in temperature, absolute and relative humidity,
dew point, and barometric pressure.

Theory

Using a weather sensor in the microclimate of a terrarium, understand changes in temperature, absolute and relative humidity, dew point, and barometric pressure.

  • Determine the minimum, maximum, and average values for each of the weather-related measurements.
  • Compare the changes in each of the weather-related measurements.
  • Determine relationships between the weather-related measurements.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Use a weather sensor for a 24-hour period in a terrarium or equivalent microclimate.
  • Collect data about temperature, absolute and relative humidity, dew point, and barometric pressure.
  • Analyze the relative changes in different factors of weather.

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:

Small box or other support 

Terrarium (or suitable alternative) 

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.