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Becoming Weather Experts at AYTEF

For the first time ever, we introduced STEM on-site to our student-athletes. In the month of March, we focused on learning about weather and the devices that are used by real weathermen. Read more to learn about our fun time!

The students learned about barometers and how they can be used to help predict weather. After watching a video explaining barometers and their uses, the students engaged in an experiment where they created their own barometers and measured the air pressure outside. they learned that thermometers were not the only weather device that was needed by weathermen.

After students learned about water cycle and how different types of precipitation occur. They explored hail, rain, sleet, and snow and discussed the differences between the four. Collaborated to create magic snow. Students had opportunities to explore with the snow and come up with observations, like real scientists. After they took snow outside and put them in the sun. The students watched it change and after bringing it inside, the students noticed that the snow became colder. Then held a discussion about how fake snow is different from real snow. They had SNOW much fun!

Then, following the trend of weather, the students learned about different types of natural events like hurricanes and tornadoes. The students discussed the differences between the two then learned about how they are created. Learned about different weather terminology like updraft and downdraft. After, they collaborated to create their own tornado.They had such a blast watching how their strong force impacted the strength of their tornado.

On our last day of learning, the students learned about structural forces and how they must be engineered and constructed to withstand the natural events they have leaned about for the past 2 weeks. After learning about what makes a house strong, the students collaborated to create their own house. Goal was to make the tallest, yet most stable house that would withstand the wind of a fan.

The students had 2 full weeks of educational, enriching, and active learning. They learned so much about weather and finally understood the real-life events they’ve experienced and seen on the tv screens. After 2 weeks, the students left with a better grasp how much many factors play into the weather we experience today and the hard work that goes into predicting weather.

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