Climatology students teach weather safety

On October 27, 2010, thirty students from Environmental and Soil Science 462, Environmental Climatology, completed a service project to teach weather safety to K-5 students in an after-school enrichment program at Pond Gap Elementary School. There were three groups, one for K-1, one for grades 2 and 3, and one for grades 4 and 5, with about 10 kids in each group. UTK/CASNR students demonstrated the fundamentals of tornadoes and tornado safety using the famous "tornado in a bottle" demonstration. One of the groups brought large rolls of paper and the kids drew pictures and glued on weather icons to show what they learned about weather safety. Another group had a show and tell about storm safety. All in all, it was a terrific learning experience for everyone.
Special thanks to Tim Troutman, severe weather meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Morristown, TN, for training the climatology students as official "storm spotters".
Joanne Logan

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