Cloudy with a Chance of Science

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Cloudy with a Chance of Science
Science Course
Course CodeCWIT
Year Opened2016
Sites OfferedGIL, NYC
Previously OfferedHKY, MSA, NUE, SAN, STP, SFD, WLA WDS
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (2023):

Would a boat made of bread and peanut butter actually float? Could one tree be recycled into sweaters and bicycle seat covers? Could a pancake as big as a city block flatten a school? Children’s books ask readers to believe in imaginary worlds—but sometimes, there are important science concepts behind their words and pictures. This course delves into the science behind the stories. You and your classmates will explore the digestive system, weather patterns, engineering, and city planning while reading Judi and Ronald Barrett’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. You’ll learn about animal classification, waste management, pollution, industry, invention, plants, and ecosystems through Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. By trying techniques that scientists use every day, like measurement, estimation, and rounding, you’ll learn how to predict what will happen next while collecting and classifying data, and you’ll leave the course with the ability to recognize science concepts in literature and the real world.