Scientists in Schools

Observing Nhulunbuy's weather

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  • Cassandra Duykers, Nhulunbuy High School, Nhulunbuy, NT
  • Joshua Hofman, Bureau of Meteorology

Partnering with local weather observer Joshua has given Nhulunbuy High School Year 7 students an opportunity to learn weather observation skills first hand. Not only did they gain a practical application for their science lessons, talking with Joshua gave them an insight into a career in weather observation.

The budding Year 7 scientists explored weather phenomena as well as how and why predications are made. Joshua organised the loan of an educational weather monitoring kit containing instruments such as thermometers, barometers and wind vanes from Bureau of Meteorology in Nhulunbuy. With his help, the students learnt to accurately gather data generated from equipment, comparing their results with those obtained by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The students reinforced their skills during an excursion to Joshua's workplace, where he guided the students around the specialised equipment used to predict weather patterns.

Field trip to BoM

Observing the weather

Joshua enjoyed the experience, "I get a kick out of sharing my knowledge and passion for the weather. It is also a great way to showcase the real science that goes on in their own town. I hope it all leaves an impression."

Nhulunbuy High School teacher, Cassandra, was happy to see her students engaged in their learning, "The SiS program avails the extended knowledge and real life applications of what students are learning. There is a social relevance to their lessons."