Discovery Children’s Museum is committed to promoting science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to kids in a fun and educational way.
Here are some S.T.E.A.M. facts you can use in your next Weather Kid Wednesday segment.
- Did you know that heatwaves can make train tracks bend? As temperatures increase, the steel tracks expand and buckle, making them look like spaghetti!
- Did you know that not all deserts are hot? They can be really cold too! In fact, Antarctica is actually the world’s largest desert. Because it is so cold, the little snow it gets never evaporates.
- Because deserts have such little water vapor in the air, they don’t trap heat at night when the sun is gone. This is why it still gets chilly at night around summer!
- Did you know warm air can hold more water vapor? That’s why there’s more humidity in summer rather than winter!
- Did you know you can tell the temperature outside by counting a cricket’s chirps? Simply count how many chirps you hear in 15 seconds and add 40 to that number.
- At any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress around the world.
- A few heatwaves have turned grapes to raisins before they were picked from the vine.
- Worms wriggle up from the ground when it rains because there isn’t enough oxygen in the flooded soil for them to breathe.