Can we view a tornado up close?

Let's try it! A tornado is a rapidly spinning column of air that goes from a storm to the ground. They happen when warm humid air clashes with cold dry air. They are very exciting to see but too dangerous to view up close. Scientists instead make models as a way of studying what happens in a tornado. And that's what we're going to do. We're going to make a tornado in a jar. But how can we make the longest lasting tornado? Let's plan and take part in a fair test to find out.

Follow the step by step instructions on how to make your tornado in a jar. What do you predict will happen if you change the amount of water in the jar? Good luck with your experimenting.

So what is Let’s Try It?

Hands up if you'd like a scientist in your classroom? Our Let's Try It videos do just that. Pick an experiment and a Winchester Science Centre Inspirer will take you through it step by step. There's handy hints, lists of what you'll need and even a scientific method planner to download. Why wait, let's try it!


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