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Wonderful wind

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within science and design and technology. This resource focusses on the manufacture of an anemometer from household items.

This anemometer has a series of cups mounted off a central shaft. As the wind blows, the cups spin round. The speed of rotation (in rpm) is a measure of the wind speed.

In this activity learners will assemble a Robinson Anemometer from simple household items. This type of anemometer was invented by John Thomas Romney Robinson in 1846.They can then use this to measure the wind speed produced by domestic products or the external weather.

This could be used as a one-off activity or as part of a wider unit of work focussing on weather or measurement. It is intended for use by learners in upper Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6).

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