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Hurricanes, Global Warming, and the Science of Weather - Junior SPARK

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Summer weather produces storms that include lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. You will track these storms as they are occurring during the week of study at Brown and will learn about these storms and the weather systems that produce the storms. We will also explore how global warming is affecting the strength of hurricanes. What might you do to guard against these disasters?

The weather produces some of the most powerful forces on earth. Did you know that a single hurricane has about as much energy as 400 atomic bombs? You will get to observe what causes the storms and what makes them dangerous? You will learn how large storms are formed, including hurricanes, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. You will do hands-on work in the field and via computer in gathering data from weather instruments, satellites, radar, and sediment cores. A field trip to southern Rhode Island beaches will reveal evidence of past hurricane strikes.

During class you will:

1. Download weather maps from websites and construct Power-Point presentations that animate the weather and storm systems
2. Find & track storms and storm systems as they develop
3. Understand how weather observations are made
4. Know about land-falling hurricanes in Rhode Island
5. Learn about one storm system in great detail

*This Junior SPARK course is designed for students, 12 years and older, who are currently in the 6th and 7th grades (entering 7th and 8th grades Fall 2014). Older students are encouraged to register for our Senior SPARK courses.