Global Sun Temperature Project

A Collaborative Project Engaging Students in Real-time Data Collection and Analysis

As part of the fourth graders study of weather, they joined other schools from around the world in a scientific research project, the Global Sun Temperature Project, to determine how geographic location (i.e. where they live) affects average daily temperature and hours of sunlight.

Using a Vernier digital temperature probe, students measured the temperature outside of their school each day for 5 days straight during the project week following the set Experimental Guidelines. They also calculated and recorded the number of minutes of sunlight each day and recorded all data on their project spreadsheet. Averages for the week were found and submitted to the Project Data section of this project site.

By studying the collective data submitted from all participating project sites, students were able to draw conclusions about the relationships between location, hours of sunlight, and average daily temperatures.