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Learning Labs

earth science

Weather Wise

Explore atmospheric phenomena and learn how scientists predict weather. Students perform hands-on experiments and use observations and data to make their own weather forecast video in front of a green screen.

About the lab

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Capacity: 16 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $120
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Scale, proportion and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter
  • Stability and change

Disciplinary core ideas:

ESS2.C: Weather and climate

PS1.A: Structure and properties of matter

ESS3.C: Human impacts on Earth science

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Understand the difference between weather and climate.
  • Explore how forecasters use science to make predictions and learn about the tools scientists use to predict weather.
  • Use data, observations and technology to make a weather prediction.
  • Actively engage in hands-on, inquiry-based science investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-generated thoughts/ideas/questions with peers and program facilitators.
  • Work collaboratively with peers.
  • Observe and analyze weather predictions using scientific tools.
  • Practice 21st-century science and technology skills using online resources.
  • Communicate using accurate terminology/vocabulary.