I teach at a large Illinois elementary school. The school is predominately African American. I teach 7th grade in a self-contained class. My students are from low-income families and are all eligible for free lunch. As a teacher and lover of Science, I want to instill my love for discovery and inquiry in my students.
My students have shown an overwhelming interest in Science and I would like to continue the momentum gained and introduce them to the Science of Meteorology. Adding lab experiences will make this a fabulous and “real” learning opportunity for my students.
If my project is funded, the Power of Science Weather Kit will permit me to turn my students into amateur meteorologists who build their own weather stations. They will be able to measure temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, and map reading. The inflatable weather kit will allow my “meteorologists” to use props as they deliver the daily weather. The Weather Tracker Kit will allow me to introduce my students to isobars, jet streams, wind chills, and chart temperatures for different cities using bar and line graphs. Using the Weather Activity Kit my students will be able to take a journey into the world of atmosphere and air pressure, sunshine, rain, storms, wind, and strange phenomena.
This project is also important because minorities and women are under represented in the field of Science. By introducing my students to a fascinating field of Science, their interest in Science will grow and perhaps one day they will become meteorologists themselves. By participating in these realistic investigations, my students will develop a higher level of learning and retention of information than using theory only.
My students and I will be greatly appreciative if you are able to help them become the next “weather scientists”.
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