|Making a Sundial|
In this activity students construct a sundial and use it to observe the movement of the sun through the sky over the course of a day by marking changes in the position of a shadow once each hour. Students determine the approximate time of solar noon at their school as indicated by the time of the shortest shadow. They revisit the site on a subsequent day to estimate the time of day using their sundial. Intended outcomes are that students will gain an understanding of the daily movement of the sun across the sky and experience conducting a set of simple, quantitative observations.
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Adobe Acrobat reader
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For science/educational use consistent with the methodologies of the GLOBE Program.
DLESE Catalog ID: GLOBE-22
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Author: UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
The GLOBE Program