Our students used technology to track the weather, locate the International Space Station, and see animals in zoos. They loved to see the live data.
We really do not experience earthquakes in North Carolina. However in some parts of the world, earthquakes create damage. Look at the picture to the left. On March 25, 2011, an earthquake split this road in Myanmar. They can also level buildings that leave people homeless.
Earth is made of big pieces of rock that are constantly moving. Sometimes those pieces of rock rub against or collide with one another. This produces pulses of energy or waves that cause destruction.
If you want to know more information about earthquakes as well as fun games, please go to: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/
If you want to become an earthquake scientist or a geophysicist, please go to: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/become.php
Weather can get pretty scary sometimes. We may hear meteorologists tell us to seek shelter if a tornado is near us. We are told to stay inside if there is lightning. Here are some short videos about severe weather:
Science can take you to places around the world. Just ask The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore. Cantore received a meteorology degree from Lyndon State College. He became certified as a meteorologist from the National Weather Association with an AMS Seal of Approval.
Now he travels around the country to cover the weather. You may have seen him during hurricane and snow storm events. He lets you know about the weather conditions. However, he also teaches you about what is happening. He may give you things to do during a storm.
You can see him on The Weather Channel. He also hosts shows on The Weather Channel such as Cantore Stories, When Weather Changed History, and Storm Stories.
Are your children interested in weather? Here is a fun, science activity.
*Take an empty container.
*Fill it 3/4 of the way with water.
*Add shaving cream to the top to become your clouds.
*In a separate bowl, mix a few drops of blue food coloring with water.
*Use a dropper (small tube with suction bulb) to drop colored water on the clouds.
*Then watch the rain fall.
To learn more about the water cycle, kids can visit: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/thewatercycle.html
Your children can also make a rain gauge to measure the amount of rain fall in a month.
Thanks to Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose for the science activity idea!
KES STEM Team
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