Thursday, April 11, 2013

AES Students Under the Sun!

Over the past 2 weeks it's become a very common sight to observe a pair of students heading out under a clear blue sky to take some weather measurements and note their observations.  Observing the weather is nothing new to Inuit children.  Traditionally, it was the job of the kids to go out in the morning and check the weather.  
Our students are out recording the wind speed/direction, temperature, solar radiation and noting cloud formations on a daily basis.  They are quite excited about the process and many of the older students are out working cooperatively with their peers while some of the younger students are being assisted by their teacher.

Only a few months ago, the sun didn't rise above the horizon and in the not too distant future, it will be up 24 hours a day.  It will be interesting to see how much the radiation of the sun will increase as the sun rises higher into the sky.  We will also likely experience some high winds and storms in the coming month.

Above left are grade 7 students Sakku and Colleen using the Pyranometer to measure the sun's radiation, and the bottom photo is of grade 3 students who are out to measure the wind speed and direction.

We all look forward to the return of our CANDAC leaders Ashley, Niall and Mel near the end of May and are eager to share our findings and learn more about the Atmosphere.

1 comment:

  1. Hello AES students! Thanks so much for sharing your photos and stories with us. It looks like you're having a great time making your measurements; keep up the good work! (I had no idea that Inuit kids were traditionally responsible for checking the weather - very cool.)

    How many hours of daylight are you getting these days?