Have you ever watched the wind blow a flag, a kite, or the trees? What do you notice about how the wind moves? Does it remind you of the ocean’s movements? The “motion in the ocean” is caused by ocean currents, or the movements of ocean water from one place to another. To learn more about ocean currents, check out this How Do Currents Work video:
One type of ocean current is a surface current. Surface currents are the results of wind and tides that pull and push on the water. Did you know that wind can affect water 400 meters deep!? Now it’s your turn! Explore the powerful force of the wind for yourself using a kite. First, make your own kite at PBS’s Take Flight With a DIY Kite. Then, explore the movement of the wind using the Let’s Go Fly a Kite! activity below. What can you discover?