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Become amateur meteorologists by using weather instrumentation to gather and analyze data, compare weather patterns and make predictions.

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What is a meteorologist?
  • What data does a meteorologist collect?
  • What tools can be used to measure weather phenomena?
  • How can meteorologists predict future weather patterns?

Essential Standards:

K.E.1.2, K.E.1.3, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.3, 2.E.1.4

Goals of the Program:

  • To allow students to use tools to collect weather data.
  • To analyze quantitative and qualitative data to look for patterns and make predictions.

Class Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Define the terminology associated with the study of meteorology.
  • Identify and use some of the tools used by meteorologists to interpret the factors that determine our weather.
  • Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to make predictions.

Methods and Activities:

  • A brief introduction will allow discussion of meteorology and the study of weather.
  • Students will be introduced to a variety of weather tools used by meteorologists to collect weather data.
  • Students will visit several stations to collect quantitative weather data using authentic weather instruments.
  • Students will make predictions based on collected data and report out to the whole group.
  • Students will then look at qualitative data and discuss how this affects their previous predictions.

Key Vocabulary:

Weather, Temperature, Wind, Precipitation, Meteorology, Quantitative Data, Qualitative Data, Rain Gauge, Anemometer, Thermometer, Wind Vane

Set-up Needs:

  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
  • Access to a sink.
  • Six tables for weather stations.
  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.
  • Approximate set-up and clean-up time – at least 30 minutes before and after program.
  • Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades K - 2
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students

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