Isi's Work Placement Journal

DIY Clinometer

Posted in Experiments, General, Stuff Produced by iashraf on October 20, 2009

Recently we’ve been working on an exercise teaching the students how to measure the height of a building using equipment like a Theodolite. As we want our resources to be used as widely as possible, we knew that most schools would not have the surveying equipment needed for the students to carry out the activity themselves.

I set about designing a measuring device that could be made from a single sheet of card that, in this case, would serve the same purpose as a theodolite. Having  researched on the Internet, I discovered a device called a clinometer. I were inspired by the design of this homemade clinometer found in Wikipedia article:

I wanted to contain our clinometer design within a single sheet of a4 card, that could be easily printed and photocopied cheaply by anybody. This is what I came up with:

The DIY Clinometer in use:

Thornhill Community College Students using the DIY Clinometer

Thornhill Community College Students using the DIY Clinometer

Someone using the DIY Clinometer at the Virtualmaths Launch Event

Someone using the DIY Clinometer at the Virtualmaths Launch Event (actual Theodolite far left)

The DIY Clinometer Template (Click to download)

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