YOUR WEATHER

CREST Star Investigators

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Weather Labs is CREST Star accredited! Your students can earn a CREST SuperStar award. To find out more about, and take part in, the British Science Association's CREST Star scheme, go to CREST Star Investigators.

CREST Star Investigators guidelines

To earn your CREST SuperStar award, you need to follow these guidelines.

The guidelines can be adapted to suit your classroom needs. We suggest using the forecast 24 hours ahead of your chosen timeslot.

  1. Ask the class to decide the location and time slot in which you will monitor the forecast (you need to leave 24 hours before you will measure the forecast). The location could be your school, STEM club or a local green space. Check you know its postcode.
  2. Divide your class into pairs or small groups. The groups can measure all the same phenomenon, or they can each measure different phenomenon. However, each pair or small group should make their own measurements.
  3. Weather Labs allows you to measure temperature, humidity, wind velocity, wind direction and cloud cover. Will your class have time to measure all of these or will you have to be selective? Your class should decide which weather phenomena you wish to measure and decide the instruments you will use to collect your data. The class should build their own  - have a look at Test the weather forecast.

Steps 4-7 are optional. If you decide not to use the Weather Labs data sheet, go straight to step 8.

  1. When you have decided which phenomena you will measure and decided how you will measure them, go to our forecast page - Your Weather - and enter the location postcode where you'll be monitoring.
  2. View the 24 hour forecast.
  3. Hit "download data sheet" for the time of the forecast you are going to monitor. This will automatically generate a spreadsheet in a new tab. The time and location for this weather forecast is already entered for you, as are the forecast data. Just fill in your school name.
  4. Save this spreadsheet to your computer. You can also print it out if you wish to record data on paper first.
  5. Make your weather instruments or access the LGFL online instruments. Carry out your weather observations during the time slot you have chosen on the forecast. Pupils can work in large groups or in pairs. If you're using your own weather instruments groups can make the same instrument and compare the results they get.

If you have used the Weather Labs data sheet, carry out step 9-11. If not, go straight to step 12:

  1. Enter your own data observations in the spaces on the spreadsheet. Also enter what time you took the observations and what devices you used.
  2. The sheet will automatically produce a report and graphs of the differences between the forecast and your observations.
  3. When you have finished, save the sheet as an Excel, Open Office or NeoOffice file.

12. The records you have made are valuable data. With our partners at Manchester University, we will be studying what they reveal, and publishing the results on this site. You can send your saved spreadsheets to planetscience@tinopolis.com . Please name in the format WeatherLabspostcodedate.

  1. Discuss how accurate the weather forecast was. Groups can produce a picture, short story or write up of their work. Pupils can discuss their findings with the class, in the school assembly, or they can post their findings on the school website.

Extension activities for KS1 and 2

Discuss how to make your measurements valid. What makes some measurements more valid than others? Ask your pupils to work in pairs. Do measurements differ between pair groups? Discuss what might cause this.

Discuss who needs and uses weather forecasts. Do weather forecasts need to be more accurate for some users than others?

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