Air Pressure – Feel it!

Let your students experience air pressure in a new way with this easily made device that will add a pressure equal to one atmosphere to a square centimeter of skin.

Grades covered: 4 through 12
Curriculum Topics: Air Pressure, Atmosphere, Weather


Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. [ Examples: adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, & evaporating salt water.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions|||Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object & the mass of the object.||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions |||Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, & its acceleration. [Objects subject to a net unbalanced force, e.g., an object falling , rolling down a ramp, or a moving- pulled by a constant force.]||Next Generation Science Standards||High School||Physical Science||Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

California Standards (Click to View)

4.e. The Earth’s atmosphere exerts a pressure that decreases with distance above the Earth’s surface, and is the same in all directions.||CA Science||Grade 5||03. Earth Sciences||4. Energy from the sun heats the Earth unevenly, causing air movements resulting in changing weather patterns.|||4.e. Differences in pressure, heat, air movement, and humidity result in changes of weather.||CA Science||Grade 6||04. Energy in the Earth System||4. Many phenomena on the Earth’s surface are affected by the transfer of energy through radiation and convection currents.

Categories include:
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Matter, Forces & Motion, Earth Systems
Subjects covered: ["Physical Science","Earth\/Space Science"]