92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Monday, 23 January 2012: 4:45 PM
The Young Meteorologist Program
Room 348/349 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Ron Gird, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD

The Young Meteorologist Program is a new interactive online game asking students in elementary, middle and high school to follow the 21st –Century National Weather Service Owl, OwlieSkyWarn, on an adventure where they encounter hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, floods, winter storms, hurricanes and tsunamis. Along the way, players are taught about severe weather science and safety lessons. Embedded into the game are test questions and activities which players must answer successfully in order to proceed. Upon successful completion of the game, the student will earn the coveted Young Meteorologist Certificate. The YMP also seeks to boost science, math, reading skills, and student achievement generally by awarding each successful game player a beautifully crafted, printable certificate upon the game's completion. Thus, YMP engages students with the weather sciences and encourages them by charting advancements through clear, measurable goals. The Young Meteorologist Program provides opportunities for students to put their newly acquired knowledge to work through launching community service projects, build a weather station, promote NOAA WeatherRadio and help build a more storm ready community.

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