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National Center for Atmospheric Research/UCAR

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:National Center for Atmospheric Research/UCAR
Description:NCAR's Mesa Lab, located at the west end of Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, Colorado, is a working research laboratory that welcomes the public seven days a week. Admission is free. The building and the adjacent weather trail are both wheelchair-accessible.

The inspiring setting is worth a visit in itself. The site is maintained as a nature preserve. Mule deer, fox, and other wildlife range over the area and adjoining mountain parks.

NCAR's laboratory offers a wealth of hands-on educational exhibits that visitors are welcome to explore on their own, on a tour, or with an audiotour.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:1850 Table Mesa Dr.
Address 2:
City:Boulder
State/Province:CO
Zip Code:80305
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Weekends and Holidays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission:
Telephone:(303) 497-1000
Website:http://www.ucar.edu
R E V I E W S
Tricia Roush, Co-op Member
Our homeschool support group went to NCAR. We had one hour "in the classroom" and then a tour. (The other half of our group did the tour, then the classroom.) NCAR is basically about researching what happens in the atmosphere - weather, pollutions, and the like.

The classroom was great. The teacher did 3 hands on experiments with the kids. Two of them demonstrated air pressure, and the other demonstrated how warm air and cold air flow. Then, we used current weather maps and colored them for air pressure and temperature.

After that, we watched a short movie about NCAR and what it does. Then, we had time for the kids to play with some more hands-on demonstrations in the main hall. There was a "tornado demonstrator," a lightening tube, a ball filled with liquid to demonstrate air currents, and a couple of more. The tour basically covered that area, plus the big computer in the basement. The kids loved it and the staff knew their stuff.

You can go anytime and just play in the hands on hall. But, if you want to do the classroom stuff, you have to make reservations.
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