Ideas for you and your family to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math in your home!
Welcome to our STEAM lesson from Arts Quincy! We’re going to bring you a fun family project that’s adaptable for all ages and can bring STEAM education right into your living room. Today’s project is Create Your Own Weather Studio, and with the spring time weather blooming all around, it’s a fun time of year to take a closer look at the outdoors.
• A Three Panel Presentation Board (OR large pieces of cardboard box)
• Colored paper
• Markers or crayons
• A ruler
• A glass to trace circles
• Paper fastener
• Cell phone (optional)
1. On some white paper (poster board works well) trace 12 circles with diameters of around four inches. In each circle, draw weather icons (two or three of each) for sunny, partly sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy, storms, and tornado watch. You’ll attach these icons to your map using small balls of masking tape and move them around for your weather forecast each day.
2. Create a set of numbers to display your highs and lows. For our example, we made three sets of numerals 0–9.
3. Create a clock for sunrise and sunset:
4. Create a slide thermometer:
5. Layout your forecast on your board! For our example, we put sunrise and sunset clocks on the left, today’s forecast and the slide thermometer in the middle panel and the next two days on the right panel.
6. You can add other pieces to your studio too! Older kids may like adding a whole other set piece that displays a map. Your map can indicate features like cold or warm fronts, different temperatures around the region or even use colored paper to simulate “radar” and show areas of rain. Also think about creating a map legend showing scale and a compass rose.
Skills: Your student can practice maps and chart reading, ratios for distance and telling time through these pieces.
7. Write and perform your newscast! Write out your news cast. Determine what important information should be displayed, look up the high and low temperatures in the Whig or at wgem.com and fill in current sunrise and sunset times. Try writing your script out on large pieces of paper to serve as your teleprompter! You can perform your news cast by recording a video on your camera. Think of this like a theater exercise: how should you stand? Where should you point for each part of your newscast? How can you connect with your audience?
Do you have family elsewhere? Look up the high and low temperatures for their towns and record a personal newscast to share! This is a fun way to keep in touch and practice both writing and public speaking!
Skills: Practice creative writing and public speaking through creating and recording your forecast!