Clinometers: 19th century tools with a variety of uses

Clinometers: 19th century tools with a variety of uses

With downloadable 3D files and activity sheets, students will explore the clinometer, a 19th century tool used by scientists, explorers and naturalist. Emphasis is placed on using the clinometer to determine the height of an object as well as using it to determine your latitude.

The 3D printing files can be downloaded individually. Activities and 3D print files for the module can be reproduced as necessary for your classroom.

TERMS OF USE

3D Printing File

Download and print your very own clinometer! Use these .stl files in the activities below.

Download STL files

Activity 1: How high is that?

In this activity you and your students will build a clinometer and learn how to use it to determine the height of an object. There are two versions of this activity, a simple one and an advanced one which uses trigonometric functions.

Download PDF – Simple method

Download PDF – Advanced method

Download Clinometer label

Activity 2: Determining your location

Your students will build a clinometer and learn how to use it to measure the location of the sun and to determine where you are on this planet!

Download ACTIVITY 2 PDF

Download Clinometer label

ArtiFactsheet

The artifacts collected, preserved, and displayed by Ingenium showcase Canada's rich history of innovation in science and technology. Each artifact tells a story of innovation and illustrates how science and technology have contributed to the transformation of Canada. Learn more about this artifact with this "ArtiFactsheet".

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