Modeling Weather

Today students had their heads in the clouds! Using exciting demonstrations, students observed what happens when warm and cold air meet. They learned that the Sun heats up surface air, which rises and meets with cooler air, causing water vapor to condense into droplets and form clouds. If a cloud has enough water droplets grouped together then they become heavy and we will experience rain or another form of precipitation. So the next time it rains throw on your rain jacket and ask your child how it happens! We recommend trying these activities at home to highlight how warm air rises and cold air sinks: http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_2_7t.htm.

Clima! ¡Hoy los estudiantes estuvieron con sus cabezas en las nubes! Los estudiantes observaron lo que sucede cuando el aire cálido y frío se encuentran con una emocionante demostración. Aprendieron que el Sol calienta el aire de la superficie, el cual se eleva y se junta con el aire más frío, lo que hace que el vapor de agua se condense en gotitas y forme nubes. Si una nube tiene suficientes gotas de agua agrupadas, entonces se vuelven pesadas y experimentaremos lluvia u otra forma de precipitación. ¡Así que la próxima vez que llueva, póngase la chaqueta de lluvia y pregúntele a su hijo o hija cómo sucede! Recomendamos probar estas actividades en casa para resaltar cómo se eleva el aire caliente y cómo se hunde el aire frío: http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_2_7t.htm.  

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Dr. Catherine Sukow

Dr. Sukow's interest in science education began when she was a teenager, with an extended visit to San Francisco's Exploratorium. In college, she had summer jobs in a similar, smaller, museum. She focused her Master's research at NCSU on the structure of metal silicides on silicon, and her Ph. D. work at Brandeis on the structure of crossbridged actin bundles. While volunteering in her childrens' schools, she was reminded how much fun it is to teach science, and is happy to be teaching now with Science from Scientists. In her spare time, she also enjoys yoga, choral and solo singing, and attempting a variety of international cuisines.

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