Science Fair 2014
On May 2nd and 3rd, my friend Harry and I presented our science fair project to our school. Our topic was about rip currents and how they form. We built a small model of a rip current and also made a poster, telling everyone what we learned. It was really fun. We collected information and used it to make our very own rip current scale model! I think both of us are really proud of what we researched, created and shared. Hope you like it!
Our poster explained the dangers of a rip current and how to escape. Did you know that rip currents caused more deaths in 2013 than tornadoes and tsunamis?
This is a rip current that is made from two compressed air cans, a model beach and corks to represent the people. Can you see them floating out to sea? It was very hard to build and fill, but the hard work paid off!
Rip currents are created when two currents, flowing towards the shore in some way, break over two separate sandbars and bounce off the shore. When they bounce off the beach they send a powerful flow of water out far from the shore. Rip currents can form in any ocean or lake, such as Lake Michigan, where there are two currents, two sandbars and a beach. Also, rip currents can form near piers and jetties, so keep your eyes out for that.
We really enjoyed researching and sharing what we learned with our school community and parents. Did you ever participate in a science fair. If so, what was your topic? Hope you learned something from ours.
See you soon,
P.S. Do you know how to escape a rip current? Let me know in the comments below.