Contributor’s Name (Your Name): Derek Starkenburg
Students will learn that a straight west-to-east jet stream exists as a balance of two forces (the pressure gradient force and the Coriolis force– the latter being a fictitious force). Students explore each force through a hands-on demonstration that includes shelf work, and then put the pieces together at the end of the lesson.
The jet stream plays a large role in the weather we experience in central North Carolina, and understanding its nature is part of understanding our place.
Theme: People, Places, and Environment: Where Am I?
Geared toward ages: 13-14
: Baby Deer
Group Initiative: How Well Do You Know Your Place?
Project: Hillsborough Place Study Final Presentation
Outside Opportunity: Meteorology Expert to Visit Classroom
: Interdisciplinary with: math, science, social studies