Wondrous Weather

Today we started the lesson with a little show and tell from our neuroscience labs!  The students got to view specimens of mouse and sheep brains! Ask them how they differed.

Then we went on to discuss our lesson for today on weather!  We started with a concept that even older students have difficulty with – the difference between weather and climate. Are they actually different? We found out in class that there is in fact a very important difference between weather and climate.

Weather is the state of our atmosphere on a day to day basis, while climate is what our atmosphere is like on average over a longer period of time. Students explored the concept of weather and where it occurs in the atmosphere, and about how the earth’s rotation and other factors influence weather. Density was also a hot topic, and students determined that warm air was less dense than cold air because of how the molecules behave in different temperatures.

Students got the chance to make their own thermometers, model a thunderstorm, and make it rain! 

Drs. Sahr and Pearl

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