STEM Hurricane Activities
So, yes, quite frankly we have been living under a rock for the past few weeks. Why you may ask? Hurricanes, of course! It’s been a matter of survival! Now that things are slowly returning to normal and libraries are re-opening, help kids understand one of the strongest forces of nature through STEM hurricane activities!
STEM Hurricane Activities just for Kids
How does wind move across the United States – check out this amazing, interactive map!
In this interactive game, kids can build their own hurricane. They’ll learn what kinds of wind conditions, latitude, and sea temperature make hurricanes. It’s okay if they don’t know a lot about hurricanes—there are hints built in to help them out.
But wait, there’s more!
- Aim a Hurricane – Students can learn all about the path of a hurricane in this interactive online activity. As they aim a hurricane using two different constant systems, they can think about how it all works!
- Need lesson plans for grade-school aged students? We’ve got, like, a dozen!
- How about science fair projects? Try this site for three different levels of amazing projects!
- More hurricane STEM activities for kids here than you can shake a barometer at!
This one is my favorite: Hurricane Applet – Atlantic
Drag the hurricane and see the effect of sea surface temperature.
- Hurricane Bingo (Grades 5-12)
- The Surge of the Storm (Grades 5-12)
- Exploring Latitude and Longitude (Grades 6-8)
- Making, Using, and Understanding a Barometer (Grades 6-8)
- Make Your Own Anemometer (Grades 6-8)
- The Anatomy of a Hurricane ( PDF, 777 KB, 1 pg.)
- Atlantic Basin Hurricane Tracking Chart ( PDF, 906 KB, 1 pg.)
- Eastern Pacific Hurricane Tracking Chart – National Hurricane Center ( PDF, 290 KB, 1 pg.)
- The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
- How Hurricanes Form
- Animation of Hurricane Katrina’s lifespan
- The Lifespan of Hurricane Sandy
- Storm Surge Animations from NOAA’s SLOSH model
STEM Hurricane Prediction for Teens
Teens and adult alike will be fascinated by the links between global warming, climate change and the rise of Atlantic hurricanes. Governmental organizations such as the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory have an amazing, in-depth site all about this concept. Don’t be put off by the academic or research portions. Head straight for the animations where teens can use an interactive meteorological prediction model!
And what does this mean for you, the friendly neighborhood public librarian? Your bosses will think you are a rock star! Like, Mr. Spock!