Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Project Launch at Ataguttaaluk Elementary School!!

Niall, Mel and I have been at Attagutaaluk Elementary School launching the Student-Researchers Atmospheric Collaboration since Monday and we've been having an excellent time with the students! The grades 5, 6, and 7 students are using pyranometers to measure solar radiation (insolation), the grades 3 and 4 students are using wind socks and anemometers to measure wind direction and wind speed, and the grades 1 and 2 students are using thermometers to measure temperature.

The older students enjoyed playing the "Sock Name Game," which helped us remember everyone's name. We've met over 150 students this week, so remembering everyone by name is a bit of a challenge!

Most of the grades 5, 6, and 7 classes have had the chance to take their pyranometers outside to practice making measurements. We've learned that the wires the connect the pyranometer and multimeter need to be kept warm for as long as possible until the measurement is taken. Everyone is really getting the hang of it! Leah and Tami's classes have also performed an albedo science lab to determine which type of material reflects and which material absorbs the most heat.

Grade 7 students watch Niall as he demonstrates how a pyranometer and multimeter are used together to detect the amount of radiation. 
Photo credit: Melanie Wright.

Darlene and Meeka's classes have been having a hoot with the wind socks and anemometers. They've practiced with both instruments and caught some wind gusts of about 15km/h. We'll be doing a few more hands-on activities with them over the next two days.

Ataguttaaluk students practice using the wind sock and anemometer to make wind measurements. 
Photo credit: Melanie Wright.

Pat and Jeena's classes have been learning how to read the temperature from a thermometer. They've pretended to be both frozen and hot air particles and determined the temperatures of various water samples. We'll be determining ideal places for their thermometers tomorrow!

Grade 1 students pretend to be air particles as the hot sun (their hands) begins to shine down on them. 
Photo credit: Melanie Wright.

The cloudy sky cleared early this afternoon, so we are hoping to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) tonight.

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