Make a Weather station
Meteorologists are, among other things, recording our weather to be able to make forecasts, but why? Is it only for knowing if there may be enough wind tomorrow to go windsurfing? Not really! Meteorology is much more than that!
It is the study of the atmosphere of our planet and the mechanisms or driving forces, which are responsible for our weather and climate. Observations and especially, precise predictions are, for example, essential in our daily life; for aeroplane and ship navigation, for agriculture or to establish early-warning systems for potentially dangerous events like hurricanes or floods.
Thanks to long time records of weather (a snapshot of the atmosphere at a particular moment in time) scientists have been able to detect tendencies and averages on longer time scales (centuries), i.e. climate. In this way they could detect changes in the world's climate within the last decades. Precise records of data also facilitate the development of computer models that allow us to simulate future scenarios of weather and climate, and to make predictions.
Through the 'weather station' activity students from different European countries will be able to construct their own weather station and enjoy a simple but fascinating experience by tracking weather variability in real time throughout the year, and share their measurements with other European schools!
This activity aims to make students aware of the scientific methods and of the importance of observations, monitoring and long-term data analysis through practical experiences.
- Allow students to become familiar with basic scientific techniques like observation.
- Introduce meteorological instruments and the parameters they measure (anemometer, rain gauge, weather vane, barometer, wind rose)
- Through practical experience, emphasise the importance of daily observations and how to maintain a weather journal
- Teach pupils how to process and display the recorded data, use graphs and make comparisons
- Stimulate team work and appreciate the benefits of a network of schools!
New questions will also arise: Why does climate change? Why do certain regions have a milder or more variable climate than others? Does human activity have an impact on climate? Can we positively influence climate by changing our own daily behaviour? Etc...