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Experiment: Hurricane Strength

1. What Did We Use:

water, bowl, paperclip, string and wooden spoon.

materials

2. What Did We Do:

We filled the bowl with water and we stirred it with the spoon, then took the spoon out and put the paperclip on the string in, to see if it moved or not.

3. What Happened:

The paperclip moved through the water after we had stopped stirring.

4. What Did We Learn:

We learned that hurricanes have momentum even after they stop spinning.

Addendum: we also added food coloring to watch how “clouds” swirl in hurricane wind.

swirling clouds

Thanks to Hurricane Experiments for Kids for the ideas.

We also read Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons

14 September 2012

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