Project Description

Wicked Weather

Air in the atmosphere is always on the move, carrying clouds, rain, and snow around the globe. Model and experiment with these air and water movements; and even erupt your own flurry of snow.

  • Level: Available for Foundation to Level 2.

  • Duration: Available in a 60 or 90 minute format. We recommend a 90 minute format if budget and timetabling constraints allow.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: VIC, NSW, ACT & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • Our weather changes because the air in the Earth’s atmosphere is always moving and changing.

  • Weather impacts many aspects of our lives such as what we wear, what we eat, where we holiday, where we live, and what sort of houses we live in.

  • Clouds are made of condensed water vapour. When water vapour in clouds cools and condenses, rain drops form.

  • The Earth rotates and revolves on a tilted axis. This gives us the seasons.

  • Rainwater is fresh water, even if it originally came from the ocean. This is important as plants need fresh water to grow.

  • Snow is made up of tiny, frozen water crystals.

  • UV radiation from the sun can be damaging to our skin and eyes.

  • Sometimes we have ‘extreme weather events’ such as tornadoes.

Activities

  • Compare the steam produced by a boiling water to the formation of a cloud.

  • Observe a simulation of rain forming and falling.

  • In small groups, students use basic laboratory equipment to make a simple model of the water cycle.

  • Each student erupts snow polymer, and explores its texture and properties.

  • Students conduct some simple tests to determine whether the material used in T-shirts and sunglasses blocks UV radiation.

  • Each student makes a simple UV detector to keep.

  • Observe a simulation of a tornado.

90 minute workshops also include these activities:

  • Exciting demonstration of an instant cloud in a bottle.

  • In small groups, students create clouds in a mini-bottles with ethanol under pressure.

Curriculum Links

  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life (VCSSU046)

  • Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (VCSSU061)

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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Another great incursion from Mad About Science.  We wouldn’t use anybody else for our school science workshops!

February 16, 2018

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The 90 minute Matter Workshop was FABULOUS!! The children loved the hands on experiments and the dry ice was a big hit! Thanks!

August 26, 2015

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Excellent 1 hour where students had an opportunity to have hands-on experience and learn in more depth about light and energy. Presenter was extremely knowledgeable and answered all students’ questions.

Anne De Cata March 5, 2019

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