Every day we encounter weather conditions, and we watch as those conditions change from day-to-day, season-to-season. Although the weather affects our everyday lives, we don’t always understand how the weather works.
Students who have wondered about how the weather is predicted, about what’s going on in our atmosphere, or wondered about different cloud formations are welcome to join us as we explore the science of meteorology!
We’ll be pulling together many sources to learn about the history of meteorology, Earth’s atmosphere, the water cycle, air pressure, our climate, cloud formations, severe weather, and how to map weather patterns. Explore these topics further with weekly inquiry-based projects, activities, and experiments.
Dr. Kirsten’s note: “Meteorology was one of my favorite classes in college. I wished I had learned more about it when I was younger. Unfortunately, it is rarely found as a stand-alone class outside the college level. Meteorology curricula at the middle school and Jr. high levels is lacking.” Because of this, Dr. Kirsten combines multiple sources to create a rich and engaging course.
Note to parents:
- Because it is a part of the weather on our planet, we learn about severe weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. in our class. Although we present the information from a scientific and factual point of view, we recognize that these may be sensitive topics for some students. Therefore, we make every effort to empower students when discussing these topics.
- This course provides the opportunity for students to participate in 1 or 2 optional, student-generated, student-led group projects.