“I have always been interested in the study of weather. I was really excited when Athena’s offered this course. While this course was a great overview of Meteorology, I appreciated how deeply we studied so many topics. There were a lot of great details given and I learned so much. …It’s hard to pick just a few of Dr. Kirsten’s strengths. She is obviously intelligent and a very good teacher, but she is also so much fun! She is always positive, and starts off each of her classes with an energetic greeting, and I love that!” ~Student Amara D.

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    InstructorDr. Kirsten Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length16 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM Pacific – 8/17/22 – 12/17/22

    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.
    • Students enrolled in this course and are interested in working on a group project are welcome to sign up for Dr. Kirsten’s supplementary Group Project asynchronous course.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read a unit from our text.
    • Read or view related materials (e.g. a PDF file and a video).
    • Respond to 1-2 forum prompts — writing at least one five-sentence paragraph for each.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • We feature frequent projects and Minecraft™ activities for collaborative or solo expression.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read non-fiction at a strong 5th grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    In addition to the classroom and webinar information, students will need the following: