Kids create the weather

“In what ways does weather affect us?”

Each student answered something different.

“It affects what we eat,” yelled one student, “And what we wear, and when we can play outside,” another said.

“Yes, weather affects us in many ways, so today we are going to learn about atmospheric pressure, and how that changes the weather,” the CSC pre-service teacher, Shannon Sonmeder said, to kick off the last Science Saturday of the year in Math and Science Rm. 144, Saturday.

“They’re a little crazy. A little bit of this and that, but they get to have a little educational fun,” Physical and Life Sciences Professor Ann Buchmann said, describing Science Saturday, a program through which students learn through hands-on experiences they wouldn’t normally get in school.    

The 14 excited grade schoolers who attended Saturday’s class conducted several experiments to demonstrate how weather changes. The students created precipitation, frost, dew, a barometer, a thermometer, and an anemometer.

In an experiment to see how warm water and cold water mix, the students broke into groups of four, and were given a bucket, hot water, which was dyed blue, and ice cubes that we dyed red. The students, with help from faculty members and CSC students, placed the ice cubes in the water, and witnessed the water turn purple.

“I just love it. There are interesting things to do, interesting things to look at, and interesting things to discover. It’s all interesting,” Chadron Intermediate School student, Lilian Johnareau, said.

“Science Saturday is more than just science,” said Tristian Talkington, fourth grader at Chadron Intermediate school, as the students began to pack up to leave. “Every Science Saturday is a chance to learn something new. It’s a great way to meet new people, and I miss it when I don’t come.”

Science Saturday will continue with its program in August. Classes are from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sessions are limited to 35 students each. Contact Buchmann at for more information, or to register.

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