Groundhog Day STEM Activity
[Source: Steam Powered Family]
Looking to hibernating animals to help understand the yearly variations in seasonal patterns is a tradition that dates back thousands of years in Europe. They believed that badgers had the ability to predict changes in the seasons. This was important, as farmers needed to know when to plant their crops.
So they carefully watched on February 2nd to see what would happen when the badger poked his head up out of his hole in the ground. If he saw his shadow, he will return to his burrow and there will be 6 more weeks of winter weather. We will have a second winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, then spring is on it’s way.
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