CE-MIST Student Programs at the RPSEC

Blown Away: Wild World of Weather

Student Programs Lesson Information, Standards Correlations, and Post Visit Activities

Blown Away: Wild World of Weather
: Students will be blown away as they experience the fascinating world of weather during this planetarium show. Along with spectacular weather images, this program will feature a journey into space to explore the Sun's effect on weather, a journey through the water cycle with “Drippy” the water drop, and appearances by news meteorologists who explain what causes our weather. Students will be swept into a thunderstorm, immersed in a hurricane, and caught up in a tornado - all in the comfort and safety of the DuPont Planetarium! Learn about the water cycle, the Sun’s effect on weather, methods used to predict and track storms, and safety in hazardous weather. Following the automated weather show, the planetarium presenter will point out familiar constellations in the night sky and explore the Greek and Roman mythology associated with them.

Traveling Science Kits that support or extend this lesson
Related Children’s Literature List
Post Visit Activities

This lesson supports the following standards:


6-4.2 Summarize the interrelationships among the dynamic processes of the water cycle (including precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, condensation, surface-water flow, and groundwater flow).
6-4.3 Classify shapes and types of clouds according to elevation and their associated weather conditions and patterns.
6-4.4 Summarize the relationship of the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions.
6-4.7 Explain how solar energy affects Earth’s atmosphere and surface (land and water).

Social Studies

6-2.2 Summarize the significant political and cultural features of the classical Greek civilization, including the concept of citizenship and the early forms of democratic government in Athens; the role of Alexander the Great as a political and military leader; and the contributions of Socrates, Plato, Archimedes, Aristotle, and others in philosophy, architecture, literature, the arts, science, and mathematics.

Language Arts

6-2.4 Create responses to informational texts through a variety of methods (for example, drawings, written works, oral and auditory presentations, discussions, and media productions).
6-2.6 Interpret information from graphic features (for example, illustrations, graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, and graphic organizers).
6-3.3 Interpret the meaning of idioms and euphemisms encountered in texts.

Please direct inquiries to:
Student Programs
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
USCA, 471 University Parkway, Box 3, Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 641-3313 from Augusta 278-1967 Ext. 3313


Copyright © 2009 by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/student/CE-MISTSP/BlownAway.html (January 2009)