One of the best things about my job is having the opportunity to visit a lot of schools. Just about every class studies weather at some point during the school year and often times a teacher will call or e-mail us to schedule a visit.
I LOVE visiting schools, meeting the students and watching them get excited about the science of weather. It's fun to see their faces when that light goes off in their head and they get that expression of, "yea....that makes sense!"
I made my first Utah school visit this week to Canyon Rim Academy. I met a super bunch of 4th graders. We talked weather for an hour answering questions and doing interactive demonstrations on thunder and lightning, radar, you name it. I wasn't able to stump them with anything. They knew all about the water cycle when we acted it out together. They were able to tell me the reason we don't always hear thunder at the same time we see lightning (even though lightning causes thunder) is because the speed of sound is slower than the speed of light! That's right, a fourth grader knew that!
I want to thank the Canyon Rim Academy fourth graders and their teachers for having me out for a visit. It's great to be around kids that are excited about learning. I think often times I get more out of the visit than the kids do!
If you'd like to schedule a visit to your school get in touch with me on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/glennwilleyweather
or send me an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org