General Lab Information


Nowcasting: Cloud Formation Lab

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Students learn and model how aerosols affect cloud formation and the methods used to estimate precipitation. Brookhaven Lab focuses on research to understand clouds and their impact on solar energy generation. 

Vocabulary: aerosols, estimate, particulate, precipitation, solar energy, water cycle

Session Information: This activity is available in-person only.

In-Person Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book multiple activities in one day
  • $400 per session (BOCES-aidable)

NYS Learning Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes

ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Systems and System Models

Energy and Matter

Developing and Using Models

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards

Number and Operations in Base Ten
Number and Operations - Fractions
Measurement and Data
Ratios and Proportional Relationships

Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Intermediate Science Core

Process Skills

Major Understandings

Standard 1, S2.1a Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques.

Standard 1, S2.1b Conduct an experiment design by others.

Standard 1, S2.1d Use appropriate tools and conventional techniques to solve problems about the natural world, including: measuring, observing, describing.

Standard 6, 2.2 Use models to study processes that cannot be studied directly (e.g., when the real process is too slow, too fast, or too dangerous for direct observation).

2.1j Water circulates through the atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere in what is known as the water cycle.

2.2i Weather describes the conditions of the atmosphere at a given location for a short period of time.

2.2p High pressure systems generally bring fair weather. Lo-pressure systems usually bring cloudy, unstable conditions.

2.2r Substances enter the atmosphere naturally and from human activity. Some of these substances include dust from volcanic eruptions and greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor. These substances can affect weather, climate, and living things.

4.1a The sun is a major source of energy for Earth. Other sources include nuclear and geothermal energy.