In this 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. Students will find out why freshwater is important, learn about the water cycle, and the need to have a standard form of calibration for measurement tools. They will learn that keeping track of precipitation is important, and learn a little bit about how NASA's GPM satellite measures precipitation from space. This lesson uses the 5-E instructional model.


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History of science,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Mathematics,Earth Science,Engineering and technology:Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft,Physics,Upper Elementary,Rain gauge,Atmospheric science,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Atmosphere,The nature of science:Science and society,Precipitation,GPM,Earth and space science:Earth processes:Weather,Middle School,Meteorology,The nature of technology:The design process,Elementary School,History/Policy/Law,TRMM,Earth system science,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140609183648702T,Engineering,Physical sciences:States of matter,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mathematics:Measurement,Technology,Geoscience



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