Learning Labs

Virtual Vortex

Explore the 40-foot vortex that's the centerpiece of Science Storms. Make observations about the vortex to learn about the forces that create them, then connect what you learn about vortexes to other natural phenomena like tornadoes.

About the program

  • Grades: 2-6
  • Capacity: Up to 35 students
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Live via Zoom or Google Meet
  • Offered Tuesdays through Fridays at a flexible time based on your schedule
  • Cost: $75

Please note: An MSI educator will facilitate the experience using pre-recorded videos and images. This program does not livestream from the Science Storms vortex.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence 

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

ESS2: Earth's systems

ESS2.A: Earth materials and systems

ESS2.C: Weather and climate

Program goals

Students will:

  • Make observations about different parts of the vortex.
  • Create connections between the vortex and other natural phenomena.