Youth will learn basic information about weather and climate science, including what causes variations in weather and why we have different seasons and climates on the earth. In this project you will observe and record weather conditions and learn weather symbols. You will get to do experiments to learn why the weather works the way it does. You will be building your own instruments to learn about the weather.
Level 1 (grades 3-5)
Level 2 (grades 6-8)
Level 3 (grades 9-12)
Weather and Climate Science, Level 1 (PDF)
Weather and Climate Science, Level 2 (PDF)
Weather and Climate Science, Level 3 (PDF)
***Manuals can be purchased online at the Education Store
SCORECARDS can be found on the state website through the link above
RECORD SHEETS can be found on the state website through the link above
General Exhibit Requirements
Manual Required (3 Activities)
Notebook exhibits must be displayed in a standard 3-ring binder. See “General Rules” for poster requirements. All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
Level 1 (grades 3-5), choose one:
- A poster related to an activity from the Level 1 manual.
- A poster and/or notebook of a weather and climate science related science experiment appropriate for grades 3-5.
Level 2 (grades 6-8), choose one:
- A poster related to an activity from the Level 2 manual.
- A poster and/or notebook of a weather and climate science related science experiment appropriate for grades 6-8.
Level 3 (grades 9-12), choose one:
- A poster related to an activity from the Level 3 manual.
- A poster and/or notebook of a weather and climate science related science experiment appropriate for grades 9-12.
- Independent Study -Learn all you can about a weather and/or climate topic, program, facility, project, etc. and present it on a poster or in a notebook. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster or notebook, "Advanced Weather and Climate Science- Independent Study".
- Mentoring -Exhibit a poster or notebook that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, "Advanced Weather and Climate Science- Mentor."
Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!