With downloadable 3D files and activity sheets, students will explore the clinometer, a 19th century tool used by scientists, explorers, and naturalists. 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.
3D Printing File
Download and print your very own clinometer! Use these .stl files in the activities below.
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 that uses trigonometric functions.
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!
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".