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OUTREACH:Teachers Explore NOAA Science at Science Olympiad Summer Institute

Published June 2012

As the new sponsor for Science Olympiad's Meteorology event, NOAA co-led a workshop on weather-related science and technology at Science Olympiad's 2012 Summer Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 19th. Seventy-five middle-school teachers and coaches from all over the United States participated in the workshop, which focused on concepts and measurement techniques related to everyday weather. Ken Waters, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Phoenix, gave a weather balloon/radiosonde demonstration for the teachers and shared information about resources and opportunities available through NWS


A middle-school teacher tests out a homemade anemometer at the 2012 Science Olympiad Summer Institute in Phoenix, AZ
offices in the teachers' home states. Sarah Yue from the NOAA Office of Education presented NOAA's new Science Olympiad webpage and helped teachers construct and field-test their own anemometers using a protocol from the activity book Discover Your World with NOAA. Mark VanHecke, Earth-Space Science Events Chair for Science Olympiad, kicked off the session and also led other hands-on activities with the workshop participants. Participating teachers were excited to bring these new resources and activities back to students and colleagues in their home states, ultimately impacting hundreds of middle-school students who participate in Science Olympiad competitions around the country.

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