Weatherblur is broken down into 4 phases:
- iWonder & SMART questions
- Exploring Data (Data Analysis)
In a typical year, WeatherBlur teachers and scientists attend a Summer Institute training in mid to late summer, where WB staff review materials and concepts, teachers reflect on lessons learned from the previous year and start planning for the coming school year.
Once the school year is underway, teachers introduce and start the iWonder process with students. Teachers and students are also making connections with scientists, community members and other WB classrooms through weatherblur.com. This work typically starts in early to mid September.
Around the end of September into early October is when iWonder questions are developed into SMART questions through collaboration and support from scientists, WB staff and other classrooms. These questions are posted to the WB website where others can help refine questions. Once SMART questions are fully developed, classrooms move into the Investigation phase.
The Investigation phase starts around mid to late October and continues through the winter and early spring (weather dependent). With the help from WB staff and scientists, investigation protocols are developed and field data collection begins. Students and teachers typically collect data outside their classrooms and upload their findings to the WB website. WB participants can comment, ask questions and make suggestions to data that has been uploaded.
After the Investigation process is completed, students and teachers spend time interpreting their data. They create graphs visualizing their data and upload their conclusions to the WB website. Support from WB staff, scientists and other teachers help with this phase. This phase starts around February into March.
The final stage of WeatherBlur is Act, where students compile all their hard work. This compilation of work could be in the form of a poster, a video, a binder of resources, or an oral presentation; there are no limits to creativity here. Students’ final work is then shared back to their community, which could include other WB schools, parent groups, school boards or city council meetings. The final Act stage is done towards the end of the school year, typically between May through June.