NSSL hosted a busy booth at the American Meteorological Society’s WeatherFest on January 23, 2011 at the
Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Wash. More than 4,000 people of all ages attended the interactive weather and science fair open to the public.
NSSL’s booth featured “tornado in a bottle” demonstrations and looping videos about NSSL research. Children were anxious to help pack an emergency backpack loaded with items such as a NOAA Weather Radio, cell phone, whistle, medicine, snacks and more. They also identified where the safest place in a house would be in the event of a tornado warning. Handouts available included “Careers in Meteorology,” instructions on how to make a tornado in a bottle at home, coloring pages, a word search, and an information sheet on NSSL research.
The booth was also part of a scavenger hunt where participants had to visit us to get the question, “What is the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning?” answered.
WeatherFest is an interactive outreach event designed to instill a love for math and science in children of all ages, and inspire young people to consider a career in the fields of science and engineering.