Weather Wow! Up in the Air [FREE]

by  UCAR Center for Science Education

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Did you know a typical cumulonimbus cloud can weigh 105.8 MILLION pounds?! How does it stay up in the sky?! Explore how the sun affects our Earth’s weather with an interactive experiment comparing hot and cold air. Transform your students into science sleuths and cloud detectives as we explore this mystery together and learn how air behaves when it changes temperature.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00
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This is a free program.


30-45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Please make requests at least 2 weeks in advance.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

There are no cancellation fees, but cancellation notification is required. We ask that you notify us of a cancellation as soon as possible so that we can offer the opportunity to another group in your place. If you fail to notify us of a program cancellation, it may impact your ability to book future programs. No penalty for programs cancelled due to weather-related or similar school closures.

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UCAR Center for Science Education

Boulder, Colorado
United States

The UCAR Center for Science Education amplifies and complements the work of the National Science Foundation's National Center for Atmospheric Research, by offering educational resources and programs for students and the general public. 

We provide a range of digital and in-person learning opportunities to engage K-12 students and teachers in explorations of atmospheric, weather, climate, and related Earth system sciences.

School and Public Programs (SPP) Team

Program Details


A live educator guides students on an interactive exploration and discussion of how clouds form and stay aloft in the air, including a live experiment demonstration and Q&A time.


Students will be able to:
-Recognize that temperature affects the behavior of air
-Describe and/or demonstrate the idea that warm air expands and cold air contracts
-Explain that the behavior of warmer air (rising/expanding) helps to form certain types of clouds and storms

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2D K-2 -- Weather and climate

State Standards

CO: Physical Science K 1.2. Sunlight affects the Earth’s surface.
CO: Earth & Space Science K 3.1. Patterns are observed when measuring the local weather, including how humans and other organisms impact their environment