This project has been developed by CREATE Education in Partnership with the Royal Meteorological Society. In this project students create 3D models using data from the Central England Temperature Record and then use the models to explore temperature and climate change. The Central England Temperature (CET) data record, the longest instrument record of temperature in the world, is held by the Met Office. This data includes the average monthly temperature each month from January 1659 to December 2018.

This project allows students to create 3D models that represent 10 years of temperature data. These can be consecutive years or consist of any other year grouping. In addition to this the models have been designed to interlink, so a group of students can create a series of models to represent larger time frames. Once the 3D models have been created and 3D printed, you will have a tactile resource that you can use in multiple ways in your classroom to visualise and study the weather and climate.

The students will use Tinkercad software and a standardised base template model to create their individual temperature models. A series of video tutorials have been developed to guide students step-by-step through this process. These are shown below or they can be accessed on our YouTube Channel.

Other project resources include the Central England Temperature Data Set, exemplar 3D data model and Climate model files and a comprehensive project teacher guide that outlines the project steps and guides non-specialists through the 3D printing process

Alongside the 3D modelling resources, the Royal Meteorological Society have created a series of lesson ideas for using the models created to study the temperature, climate and climate change.

CREATE Education would like to thank The Royal Meteorological Society for collaborating on this project. You can access more of their education resources for teaching weather and climate at https://www.metlink.org/.

In The Classroom

This project is a cross-curricular STEM project, perfect for STEM clubs. However as a stand alone curriculum project it is perfect for use in Geography for exploring weather data, climate and climate change in a tactile hands on way. Alternatively the models could be created  as a maths project around data representation and data handling or as an introductory 3D modelling project in Design and Technology – then the 3D printed models can be used in a Geography project alongside the accompanying lesson resources.