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Ward's® Exploring Convection Currents Lab Activity

Avg. Ratings: 4.0 (1 Review)
Students experiment with circulation in air and water with this lab activity.

  • Dyed Water Makes Convections Cells Clearly Visible
  • Concepts Apply to the Atmosphere and Oceans
  • Teacher's Guide Included
  • Material for Five Labs
The lab explores the concept of convention and relates it to the circulation patterns in the atmosphere and oceans. Ocean density currents are influenced by temperature and by salinity. By mixing warm and cold water, or salt water and fresh water, which are dyed for visibility, students can easily see convection currents form. They can also model the development of wind due to convection.

The lab comes with a teacher’s guide, student copy masters, and all necessary material for five setups.



Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470004-594 WARD’S Exploring Convection Currents Lab Activity
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Total Ratings: 1
Avg. Ratings: 4.0 out of 5

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MarineBioTeache NC
Yes, I recommend
Good lab activity- easy to refill - I use this in an oceanography class to teach about atmospheric circulation and the effects of salinity and temp. on density. This lab is easy to set and run, and the refilling the supplies only requires a trip to the grocery store. The lab write up makes solid real world connections to what the students do in the activities. Definitely worth the investment, I have been using the same kit for ab
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