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Calculating Wind Speed

Lesson Topic: Physical Sciences: Forces in Nature
Objectives: Antarctica is the windiest continent in the world. Therefore, one of the most important aspects that explorers must understand when planning their journey into the Antarctic is wind speed. If it is too windy, the temperatures outside are extremely cold, and explorers must stay inside to do their research. So, rather than risk their health in the cold temperatures outside, explorers have designed a way to measure wind speed while inside their shelters. This activity will demonstrate how you how to make an indoor wind speed calculator, much like those used by the Antarctic explorers.

Files for this activity:

Calculating Wind Speed (Word Document)

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