Buckle up for a wild weather ride!
Scholastic's The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up A Storm
January 26 – April 28
Adventure Science Center
Based on the best-selling Scholastic books and the ever-popular television series, the bilingual, hands-on traveling exhibit transports visitors into the wacky world of weather. The fun begins as children learn how to create snowflake crystals, make a hot air balloon soar, experience a hurricane and snowstorm, and become a meteorologist for the day!
Scholastic's The Magic School Bus™ allows children and their families to learn meteorology and the science of weather—together. The exhibit teaches visitors about the different types of weather and its characteristics, including how to read natural world indicators to predict the weather, use scientific measurement tools, such as thermometers and anemometers, and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on how to read maps and graphs like a real meteorologist!
The Magic School Bus™ takes visitors to three interactive environments—Ms. Frizzle’s Classroom, the Walkerville Weather Center and the bus itself, which is transformed into a Weather Observatory. A key highlight of the Walkerville Weather Center allows children to gather and report the weather just like their favorite meteorologist “live” from the Frizzle News Network (FNN-TV) studio or Frizzle News Network Radio. Through these interactive environments, visitors can explore the water cycle and learn how influences from air, heat, water and land combine to create weather.
Educator Resources comprised of books and poetry, and take-home activities, which include science activities and crafts tied to a mini-science lesson, are available online to supplement the exhibit.
INSIDE THE EXHIBIT
Everyone can learn about the different types of weather and their characteristics, and how to read natural world indicators to predict the weather. Plus, visitors can manipulate scientific measurement tools such as thermometers and anemometers and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on how to read maps and graphs like a real meteorologist!
Ms. Frizzle's Classroom
Filled to the brim with unique science projects created by her students, Ms. Frizzle’s Classroom gives kids hands-on experiences as only Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus can. Children can check out Ms. Frizzle’s Weather Bureau to explore a variety of climatic regions and how people adapt to them while learning how weather influences our decisions about clothing, shelter, food, work and even play.
Ralphie’s Hot Air Balloon Race
Children have the exciting opportunity to send miniature hot air balloons sailing over a heated surface to capture rising heat and learn about its important role in weather.
Tim’s Hot Backyard
Kids can compare the effects of heat on a variety of surfaces. They’ll learn how heat comes from the sun and how different surfaces absorb and reflect different amounts of heat.
Keesha’s Wind Maker
Kids can observe global wind patterns and how wind is created. They’ll be able to create air movement and learn what happens when hot and cold air meet and how temperature differences affect the wind.
Arnold’s Air Blasters
Visitors can direct bursts of air and observe their impact on remote objects to learn about the mass of air and how it travels in varying masses.
Wanda’s Watery World
The water cycle is an important part of weather. Children can learn about evaporation, condensation, accumulation and precipitation as they activate a water cycle model and interact with key moments in the cycle.
Pheobe’s Climate Puzzle
Piece together a jigsaw puzzle of the U.S. laid out in climate zones to learn how weather varies according to the latitude and how environmental features play a part in defining weather.
Carlos’s Cloud Cover Window
Children can measure cloud cover by using a gridded mirror and learn how cloud patterns provide clues to the weather.
Liz’s Weather Friends
Kids can find out how weather affects animals through Liz’s feathered, furry and sometimes scaly friends as she shares postcards on weather experiences.
Walkerville Weather Center
Future reporters have the opportunity to observe and interpret weather data and post it on the Local Weather Board, or try their hand at weather reporting by taking an assignment to gather weather data and file a report. Kids can go “live” from the Frizzle News Network (FNN-TV) studio or Frizzle News Network Radio to report the weather just like their favorite meteorologist – all while learning the inside scoop on the weather terms and vocabulary used in the world of weather. They can even go “on-location” as a weather reporter to share with viewers what safety precautions to take during severe weather or access videos on a variety of weather topics at the Weather Video Jukebox.