exhibit allows children and their families to learn meteorology—together. The exhibit teaches visitors how to interpret natural world indicators to predict the weather, use scientific measurement tools, such as thermometers and anemometers, and read maps and graphs like a real meteorologist.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing such a multi-faceted exhibit to the community,” said Susan Duvenhage, president and CEO of Adventure Science Center. “Weather is one of the most captivating scientific occurrences in our world. And when that’s combined with a hugely popular series like The Magic School Bus, it helps make science more accessible.”
The Magic School Bus
exhibit takes visitors through three interactive environments: Ms. Frizzle’s Classroom, the Walkerville Weather Center, and the bus itself, which is transformed into a Weather Observatory.
A highlight of the Walkerville Weather Center is the opportunity to gather and report the weather—just like a real meteorologist—”live” from the Frizzle News Network (FNN-TV) studio. Visitors also can explore the water cycle and learn how influences from air, heat, water and land combine to create weather.
As a supplement to the exhibit, Adventure Science Center offers online educator resources, which include lesson plans, books and take-home activities. The modules are ideal for teachers to continue weather learning back in the classroom. With tie-ins to practically every subject and correlation to the National Science Standards, the modules are a natural follow-up to their field trip.
“Our goal is to continue bringing innovative programs and exhibits to children, families, parents and teachers so that they’ll keep seeking science education long after they’ve left the Center,” Duvenhage said. “The Magic School Bus exhibit is a great launching point for anyone who’s interested in weather—or simply learning while having fun!”
INSIDE THE EXHIBIT
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
Children 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 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.
Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus
exhibit is free to Adventure Science Center members and included with the cost of general admission, which is $12 for adults age 13-64; $10 for seniors 65+ and children 2-12; children under 2 are free. The exhibit runs through April 28.
Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. Visit adventuresci.org
or call (615) 862-5160 for more information.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment.
About Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up A Storm
Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up A Storm exhibit was created by The Children’s Museum of Houston with cooperation from Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. with major funding from the National Science Foundation; and in consultation with The National Weather Service, The American Meteorological Society, and the Oklahoma Climatological Society. Scholastic, The Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle and associated designs and logos are trademarks of Scholastic Inc. © 2012 Scholastic Inc. Based on The Magic School Bus book series © Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. All rights reserved.
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