Wicked Weather

Wicked Weather2019-03-04T14:59:05+10:00

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.

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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Mad About Science – Pop went the bubble out of the test tube! How we had to make it, we put some dry ice in it then we put hot water. It was cool Miss Neville I could do it again, but I don’t know if they are coming back next year. I did not want to go cause it was fun here. I thought the lady Naomi was fun. I loved the dry ice experiment.

June 10, 2015

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Lisa was very professional and was able to express scientific concepts in an engaging way. The children were excited and enthusiastic about being scientists and all children were supported to have a go! Thanks!

Simone Griggs March 5, 2019

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Great hands on experience. Students were engaged for the entire time. Well explained by presenter. Excellent questioning skills.

December 10, 2014

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