Just the Basics

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As a teacher, I often find myself struggling to get students to take interest in "foundational knowledge." By foundational knowledge I mean the concepts or ideas upon which a subject is built. You know how the cliche goes, without a proper foundation a house cannot be built. The problem is that often foundation material is quite boring. With perseverance, however, foundational principles can be learned and then extended into much more interesting topics. Last week (3/19-23) the students of Earth and Environmental Science persevered through the foundations of atmospheric physics. In other words the forces that make weather happen. This week (3/26-30) we have been able to apply their newfound knowledge to much more interesting topics like tornadoes and hurricanes (look for those posts next week). So, without further adieu, here is LaTosha Ruffin's recap of last week.

LaTosha Writes:

This week I learned so many different things. We learned about the national weather service, Doppler effect, weather radar and so much more! The activity that we did this week that really interested me was when we watched the video about the tornado chasers. The video was about people who chase tornadoes. They get right on top under the tornado and gather radar and other information and data from the tornado. I think it is very interesting how they get into the tornado to gather all of the information like the wind speed, etc. I also think it is interesting how they track when and where the next tornado will occur. They use radar and other previous data to determine and figure out when and where the next tornado will occur. I can't see how the researchers just take/ use their time chasing tornadoes though I still think it is very interesting how they track the tornadoes.