Tornado warning! The physics of a vortex

Elementary/Middle School

What do The Wizard of Oz, Jupiter, and your nearest restroom have in common? They all have a vortex as a prominent feature. But how, why, and when do they occur? We’ll show you how making a tornado in a bottle can lead to learning about fluid dynamics, wind force, Doppler radar, weather safety, and the vortices we see all around us every day. Download our step-by-step physics activity for elementary and middle school classrooms and you’ll be making twisters in no time.

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