Measuring the Sun's Altitude Using A Student As the Shadow Stick
|This method for measuring the Sun's altitude calls for
having someone cast a shadow and then using string and a protractor measure the
Sun's altitude above the horizon.
|| Have a student stand so that their shadow is easily seen on the
Have that student hold one end of a piece of string at the top of
Bring the other end of the string to the end of the student's
shadow and hold it firmly to the ground.
|| Place the protractor on the ground near the string, as shown, and
measure the angle where the string crosses the protractor.
This is the Sun's altitude.