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Middle School Students Demonstrate Weather Phenomena

Last Spring Bridget Guetta’s science students on the Challenger base at OPMS conducted hands-on experiments with mason jars to show different types of weather phenomena such as clouds and precipitation. One of the experiments involved using shaving cream and food dye to simulate rain. This particular lesson demonstrated density by revealing that once a cloud becomes too heavy, it rains.  Another experiment involved combining warm water with hair spray in the jar. The hair spray acted as particles that are necessary to form clouds. The jar was covered and then ice was placed on top to simulate how clouds are formed. After the lid was removed, the cloud escaped into the air.  After conducting these experiments, students used their Chromebooks and Google Docs to analyze their findings and connect their lab to what was learned in class.