Thunderstorm Science


Recently first graders learned about thunderstorms.  First, they did an experiment on convection to learn how thunderstorms form.  For this experiment, the kids placed a blue ice cube in a container of warm water.  Then they dropped a few drops of red food coloring on the other side of the container.  The blue ice cube began to melt and released its color downward.  This represents the cold air mass.  The red coloring rose to the top representing the warm air mass.  Then, they lit a florescent bulb by rubbing a balloon on our heads and holding it up to the lamp.  This showed them how electricity can jump from one thing to another like lightning jumping from cloud to cloud.  It was super cool!



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