Weather: How Temperature Affects Air Movement!

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:


¡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:

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Lauren Koppel

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Biology and Psychology from Clark University, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her undergraduate years, she worked in a evolutionary neurobiology lab that studied the neural development of annelids (marine worms), with a focus on the sox family of genes. Lauren loves learning about how the world works (including everything from biology to chemistry to engineering), and is passionate about sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In the past, she has interned at the Museum of Science, where she educated learners of all ages through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. Other science education organizations with which Lauren has worked include The People’s Science, EurekaFest, and Eureka! of Girls Inc. of Worcester. Currently she lives in Boston, where devotes her free time to playing Quidditch, reading sci-fi novels, playing her ukulele, and enjoying all the culinary delights the city has to offer.

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