How Reliable is the Temperature Forecast?
Project 2061 suggests “technology provides the eyes and ears of science—and some of the muscle, too. The electronic computer, for example, has led to substantial progress in the study of weather systems….” Because teachers now have access to a kaleidoscope of technological advancements, middle school science teachers can engage students in classroom activities that are inquiry-based and technology-rich.
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An infrared (IR) thermometer lab lets science students measure surface temperatures, using off-the-shelf technology. Potential areas of study include astronomy (exoplanets), the electromagnetic spectrum, chemistry, evaporation rates, anatomy, crystal formation, and water or liquids.
Weathering Database Technology
Collecting weather data is a traditional part of a middle level meteorology unit, but making connections between the data and weather conditions can be challenging for students. One way to increase students’ understanding of these connections is by having them gather and record weather data.
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