Rain Gauge Activity

In this hands-on inquiry-based activity, students face an engineering challenge based on real-world applications. They are tasked with developing a tool they can use to measure the amount of rain that falls each day. This is more of a mini unit than a stand alone activity.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Global Precipitation Measurement

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This lesson has very detailed instructional notes/directions.

There are several links to other resources that could help make this lesson into a full unit.

The resources that are available on the website would be a priority to teach background knowledge of precipitation, making it beneficial if the students take measurements after learning to construct the rain gauge.

Rain gauges have played a vital role in identifying micro plastics. This would be a great discussion that ties into this lesson on what we can learn from actually gathering rain vs. gathering all data from satellites. For more information see this [link https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20191048 'USGS report'].