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SAW and the weather balloon project

12/12/2016   Jenni

We have been working with Gavin Paterson from the Yellobric charity who are dedicated to improving opportunities for children and teachers in schools across sub-Saharan Africa.  In a project involving UK and African schools teaching children how to use coding to build and launch weather balloons to record and forecast weather, we developed a SAW project on the theme of clouds.

Working with Dr Steve Dorling and Dr Andy Elvidge from the University of East Anglia's meteorology team we designed a science session to help children understand exactly what is measured and how by building their own basic instruments and a cloud identification game to gain a basic knowledge of the 10 major classes of cloud.  The session then extends into poetry and art using the cloud theme so that children can explore the significance of weather on society, generating poems and art work to share with other schools to bring a cultural exchange element to the weather balloon project.

Teachers from the UK schools attended a training workshop in December 2016 to try out the cloud SAW project and will be running the projects with their schools in the coming months.  Lesson plans have been created that Gavin will take to introduce to the teachers in Africa so they can run the SAW projects in their schools too.

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Teachers at SAW Cloud Project Workshop