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Colonial Village experiences weather

by jmaloni
Thu, Nov 18th 2010 03:00 pm
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Everyone knows we can't control the weather, or can we? Andy Parker, a meteorologist from WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, recently brought his "weather machine" to Colonial Village Elementary School in Niagara-Wheatfield to show students how different kinds of weather feels.

Students won a contest in October, not first place but as part of the second chance drawing for the competition among elementary schools all over Western New York to host the weather machine. As a result, Parker did two presentations for students, which focused on weather conditions, precipitation, wind and lightning.

"Children had hands-on opportunities to make a rainbow, see a tornado, feel the heat of summer and watch snow being created, and students in grades 3, 4 and 5 also learned about lightning and electrical shock," said second grade teacher Tiffany Marsh.

The contest consisted of votes gathered on the WGRZ website, and Marsh says that students, family members, community members, teachers, staff and friends of Colonial Village are responsible for voting on the website by inputting the weather word each day. Two "voting parties" were held after school to boost voting numbers. (photos by Marc Carpenter)

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