Atmosphere Activities

Atmosphere Activities

Students observe that air under high pressure will move toward a low-pressure area and certain objects in the air’s path may move in the same direction.

Air takes up space. It's only when air in the bottle escapes that more air is easily added!

Students learn how to crush a can with only air pressure.

Learn about Bernoulli's Principle with hair dryers and ping pong balls!

Find out how some wavelengths of light are scattered more than others producing blue skies and red sunsets.

In this hands-on activity, students explore how temperature affects the behavior of air molecules.

Use plungers to create a vacuum and learn about how air exerts pressure.

In this computer-based virtual lab, students will learn about the layers of Earth's atmosphere by launching virtual balloons to collect temperature and pressure data at various altitudes. Given a limited number of balloon flights, students must plan carefully to gather data that generates a good "picture" of the atmosphere’s structure.

In this activity, students use models to observe that air is a fluid that flows due to temperature-driven density differences.

Students will observe two scale models of Earth's atmosphere and the layers of the atmosphere to gain an appreciation for the size of the atmosphere compared to the planet Earth.

Use jelly beans to compare the compositons (amounts of different gases) of the atmospheres of Earth, Mars and Venus.

Students observe how different materials bend light, and how we can infer the nature of the material based on the amount it bends light rays.

Students observe that a change in the temperature of air can impact the size of a bubble placed on a bottle that is cooled and/or heated.
In this activity, students brainstorm various ways that an uninflated balloon placed over a bottle's opening can be inflated without touching the balloon.
In this activity, students move chips representing sunlight, heat, and infrared radiation around a series of boards representing Earth and its atmosphere.

Students use a model to test actions for staying safe from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. 

IntroductionIn this activity, students will play the roles of various atoms and molecules to help them better understand the formation and destruction of ozone in the stratosphere.