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Did you know that the National Weather Service (NWS) can virtually visit your classroom and talk with your students? The NWS National School Outreach team is ready to answer their weather-related questions! 

Whether it is talking about weather basics, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter weather and weather safety, or other topics like space weather, NWS can pop into the classroom to speak to all K-12 students. Meteorologists and staff are available to meet with a classroom or a group, and we can tailor presentations towards specific topics that engage your students through discussions, presentations, question and answer sessions, experiments and office tours.
 

How does it work?

All your classroom needs to participate in an NWS virtual classroom visit is an internet connection, a webcam and a microphone. With this setup, your class, multiple classrooms across your school district or classrooms across the country can participate together! You can use Google Meet, Zoom or Skype. The setup is easy: just click the link from Google Meet or log onto Skype at the scheduled time. That’s it!

With the virtual set up, we are flexible to meet the needs of your school! 

Who will be Participating?

All of our NWS professionals have a passion for weather, science, safety and education. Presentations are offered by meteorologists and scientists from the NWS, and we make every effort to include a meteorologist or scientist from your local NWS office. In addition to NWS meteorologists, physical scientists from the Space Weather Prediction Center or other meteorologists who work at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, may be available for special presentations.

What can we teach?

We have several interesting and engaging topics we can present to your students and can certainly tailor programs to your students’ needs! Weather Basics is approximately 45 minutes and covers where the weather comes from, cold/warm fronts, high/low pressure etc. We also have a Severe Weather program option, which is approximately 30-45 minutes. This discussion covers various types of severe weather and weather safety tips. One of our more popular programs is Ask-a-Meteorologist. This engaging 30 - 60 minute session allows students to drive the discussion with their questions about anything weather and weather science related. Climate is approximately 45 minutes and covers weather versus climate, signs of a changing climate and how we measure it, what you can do, and climate resources. Finally, 45 minutes of Space Weather covers all things space weather:  the sun, solar storms and the potential impacts here on earth.

 

  How do I sign up? Fill out the short form below:

Questions:

If you have questions please contact Sarah Atkins at Sarah.Atkins@noaa.gov and Robin Fox at Robin.Fox@noaa.gov.