Weather Stations: Winds

Children use a toaster to generate wind and compare the appliance's heat source to Jupiter's own hot interior. They discover that convection drives wind on Jupiter and on Earth.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute
Universities Space Research Association

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

The toaster used in this activity poses a fire hazard and the appliance will get hot. In addition, the aluminum foil is conductive, but plastic alternatives may melt and paper alternatives pose a fire hazard. Modify this station to serve as a demonstration, if desired. Please use proper caution!

Some discussion questions may need to be adapted due to the fact that the Juno Mission has been launched and is currently still orbiting Jupiter (until July 2021 according to NASA).

This demonstration is part of a [link Station"'] set, however, it can stand alone.

The "My Trip to Jupiter" journal is not required to complete the activity, as there is a link to the relevant handout pages. However, if multiple activities from the series are going to be done the journal may be useful.

This activity can very easily be adapted to just focus on Earth, if desired.

There are detailed notes to guide the teacher through the activity and discussion.

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