Name of school
Escola Profissional de Almada
Vocational Educational Training School in Almada, south of Lisbon (about 350 students. Students’ age: 14-23)
To determine air density using school stairs and a pressure sensor.
To discover and study the variation of atmospheric pressure with the variation of altitude, on a field trip.
Students use the pressure sensor from a smartphone (or an Arduino with a pressure sensor), a measure tape and the schools’ stairs to study the variation of pressure with altitude and to determine the density of air. After that, students are taken to the field and determine the height hill or building.
Smartphones, tablets, computers, interactive whiteboard, internet and inquiry learning scenarios.
Students must explore the provided inquiry learning scenarios and make presentations.
Students can use ICT to predict and record their findings. Students use their smartphones or Arduinos to measure pressure and height.
Students work in groups. They can use the school stairs to discover the variation of pressure with height. In the second part of the activity, students go up a street to determine its height using their findings from the first part of the activity.
They can see the direct application of the learning contents.
14, 15, 16, 17+