We have attempted to assess whether teaching with ‘Weather in a Tank’ helps student learning. The evaluation summarized in the paper below highlights the overwhelmingly positive responses from instructors and students who used the experiments, citing that the ‘Weather in a Tank’ curriculum offered a less passive and more engaged and interactive teaching and learning environment.

Mackin, K., N Cook-Smith, L Illari, J. Marshall and P. Sadler, Phillip, Journal of Geoscience Education, vol. 60, no. 1, 2012.

Assessment tools were developed to track the teaching procedures used in our project and determine how effective they are, including:

See a summary of the
Instructors comments.

These  assessment tools were developed in collaboration with our educational consultant Kathleen J. Mackin and are also available in pdf format: