Week 5: Weather Predictions

Now that you have assembled your weather tools it is time to take some observations and make a prediction about the upcoming weather!

Week 4: Storms

This week we look back at one of the most famous storm disasters in Tacoma, Galloping Gertie.

Week 3: Ocean Currents

Join us to learn about ocean currents, and how they helped make Tacoma the important port city it is today.

Also, try a cool convection demo at home! Convection drives the weather, deep water currents, and so much more!

Week 2: Air and Pressure

Many of our sixth grade partner schools are at different places in their curriculum. We will be releasing a series of educational videos tied to the “Weather and Climate” unit they are studying this quarter.

This week, watch Julia and Kaela do a fun (dangerous) air pressure demo. What’s a little fire in an 120 year old wooden building?

We are also debuting our first video on historical weather events and maritime disasters. The mysterious wreck of the Andelena will be a story we continue to follow in the coming weeks.

Week 1: Introduction

Weather Kits have been distributed at several middle schools. Did you just get your kit? Watch the introduction video, then get latest news on our blog!

Check out the FAQ below or email us if you have a question.


Foss Waterway Seaport has created informational videos, learning tools, slide shows and more to help you learn all about the weather. These lesson follow along with Carolina Science STCMS™, Weather and Climate Systems textbook that Tacoma Public Schools is using.

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the slide shows we have used during our virtual lessons. This information will be most helpful to teachers and other educators who wish to use this as a tool for enhancing their students education.

Lesson 4: Air & Pressure Slides

Lesson 5: Convection & Currents Slides

Lesson 6: Storms Slides

Lesson 8: Making Weather Predictions Slides

Lesson 9: Climate Change Slides

Paper Instruction Packets

Need more help assembling?

Watch us build the weather station!

“Climate change is sometimes misunderstood as being about changes in the weather. In reality, it is about changes in our very way of life.”

― Paul Polman

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I assemble my weather kit?

Here is a link to the PDF instructions. Or, you can watch the build video here. If you need more help, please email [email protected] or follow this link CONTACT US.

What if I want to modify my kit?

Great! Send us photos or videos to show us how you improved the design.

Is it too late for my class to start?

Nope! Everyone is joining at different times. The prize drawing will not be made until everyone has a chance to participate, currently anticipated to be in late December.

How do I get entered to win?

All you have to do is participate! Participation means that you build your kit, take some data, and then communicate that to us by flipgrid, or email us your observations/prediction. Stay tuned for ways to get an extra entry in a few weeks!

A. Build your kit.
B. Make a series of observations.
C. Share your observations and/or a prediction

How will you choose a winner?

It’s RANDOM. The contest is only for the 6th grade of Tacoma Public Schools, which currently has about 1,900 students. The winner will be drawn in mid-December, to give everyone an equal chance.

How many weeks of weather data should I take?

Every school is choosing to use the kits differently, so check with your teacher. We hope that you take at least a few weeks of data, and learn a lot about the weather in your neighborhood. If you want to be entered into the contest, you need to:

A. Build your kit.
B. Make a series of observations.
C. Share your observations and/or a prediction

You can share on Flipgrid or over email. Let us know if you have any questions. We would be happy to meet with your class live if you want to connect us with your teacher.