Saturday, April 21, 2007
Earth Day 2007
Okay, so the day comes and goes and most of us don't even remember there is such a day. Earth Day is April 22nd and to celebrate, I visited the 4th and 5th grade students at Jefferson Elementary on Friday. It's the part of my job I enjoy very much; visiting with young students and working to get them interested in science and just maybe, weather.
We covered many topics, including low and high pressure, jet stream, weather balloons, and of course, tornadoes. I still perform the "cloud in a bottle" trick for them and even if they have seen it before, I still get the "ooohhhh, awwww". All it takes to do the experiment is a 2-liter bottle with an inch of water in the bottom and two matches. Light the matches and count to about 8 or 9 seconds, then blow out the fire and put the matches in the bottle. Put the lid on the bottle, shake it up and then squeeze and let go repeatedly. You will see the cloud shortly after.
At any rate, thanks to Jennifer Rudolph for the invitation to come down and speak to the students. The posted picture is just some of the students from the Earth Day talk.
I hope the kids aren't trying to sell my autograph on EBay, because they will be disappointed to know it's not worth 20 cents, if that. Have a great weekend.
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