Do It Yourself Weather!

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Updated on Nov 07, 2012


Environmental Science

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Project Time Frame

4-8 weeks


This project explores weather and climate control.

Project Goals
  • To help develop cost-effective climate control methods and techniques.
  • To design new applications for these techniques.

Materials and Equipment

  • Computer with internet access
  • Color printer
  • Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & poster-board)


Weather control can be described as any artificial manipulation of natural weather conditions. Many different weather-control theories and inventions have been tested through the years, with mixed results. The lightning rod is one example.

Climate control involves the environmental modification of a limited space (such as a greenhouse), using artificial heating or air conditioning systems. In theory, you could probably build a rainforest in Antarctica, but the cost would be prohibitive.

Research Questions
  • How effective are current methods of climate and weather control?
  • Are these methods economically sound?
  • How can climate and weather control methods be improved, or made more cost-effective?
  • How can climate or weather control solve the global warming problem?
Terms and Concepts to Start Background Research
  • Weather control
  • Climate control
  • Global warming

Experimental Procedure

  1. Research related materials (see bibliography below)
  2. List and describe known forms of weather or climate control currently in use.
  3. Think of a new or improved system for controlling one’s environment.
  4. Design an experiment that would test your new idea.
  5. Build a model that visually demonstrates your idea.
  6. Interpret your findings in a detailed report.
  7. Include relevant images in your science fair display.


Wikipedia topic: “Weather control

Judee Shipman is a Bay Area Educational Consultant and professional writer of quality educational materials.  Her recent writing credits include (a popular and entertaining website about states), and a book called The Portable Chess Coach (Cardoza, 2006), currently available in stores.

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