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Public Outreach

While the Wiki is first being populated, examples of formatting are provided below in the form of an example student and regular chapter.



General Example

Help National AMS and your local chapter through local science fair judging

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  • Gain membership at the local and national level
  • Promote science in the local community

One of the main goals of local chapters is to extend the National AMS’s reach into the local community. This includes outreach activities that promote Earth science, environment and policy. One of these activities is local science fair judging, where young aspiring scientist show off their talents and local chapters represent the AMS by judging science projects, representing AMS and rewarding those projects that are deemed the best with awards from AMS. However, often overlooked is the opportunity to engage these young students by providing them opportunities to join the local AMS chapter or National AMS.

As an additional award, several chapters have begun providing AMS student memberships to winning projects. This student membership allows the student to continue to learn about science, weather and climate and grow as a budding scientist within a large national organization. Typically the Weatherwise magazine is chosen as part of the membership because it is slightly less technical and appeals to those who have not gone through any college level classes. Also, many chapters have invited high school aged students who live locally to join their chapter free of membership dues. These are two ways to grow membership at the local and national level, and continue to promote the ideals that the AMS so proudly displays.


Example Student Chapter

2012-2013

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Example Regular Chapter

2012-2013

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Metropolitan Atlanta Regular Chapter

2013-2014


Central Oklahoma Regular Chapter

2012-2013


Cornell University Student Chapter

2013-2014


University of Delaware Student Chapter

2012-2013


University of Georgia Student Chapter

2012-2013

The University of Georgia Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society believes it is important to make a positive impact on the University of Georgia campus and the community in Athens, GA. We strive to offer educational programs to persons of all ages and to increase awareness about weather safety.

Jefferson Parks and Recreation After-school Program

UGA AMS members participated in an educational talk with young students in Jefferson, GA. Members talked about the basics of weather, including different types of clouds, precipitation, and severe weather. Members also gave life-saving advice and tips to young students and their caretakers about what to do when severe weather strikes.

Cedar Shoals High School Weather Lecture and Laboratory Experiment

Weather and meteorology are seldom discussed in K-12 education in the state of Georgia, so UGA AMS wanted to reach out to the local school system to offer our expertise on atmospheric sciences. Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, GA responded to our outreach and indicated interest in our offer to teach high school students about weather. We chose to focus on ingredients of severe weather and severe weather safety. We prepared a brief lecture highlighting the four ingredients of severe weather (shear, lift, instability, and moisture) and completed a lab using sling psychrometers to find dew point, wet/dry bulb temperatures, and relative humidity. Students were fascinated by the demonstration and information they learned.

Fall Activities Fair and Severe Weather Fair

UGA AMS wants to increase our presence on campus and offer valuable information when it comes to our atmospheric sciences program. Many students do not know that they can pursue a certificate in weather/meteorology at the University of Georgia, and we want to change this. In addition, we always seek to inform the general public about severe weather safety, so we engage in as many campus events as we can to spread our information on staying safe when severe weather strikes.

Guest Speakers

While UGA AMS is a campus organization, we believe that we should share our knowledge and enthusiasm for weather with the community as well. We cordially invite those interested in weather and meteorology to our guest speaker series.


Iowa State University Student Chapter

2012-2013

Children's Outreach

Our chapter strives to reach out to students in the community from elementary to high school by providing them severe weather safety tips and general weather knowledge. Examples of this outreach included:

  • Weather presentation to elementary students at the Science Center of Iowa with an anemometer craft project
  • General and severe weather presentation to the Boone, Iowa 4-H club, including our fun Weather Jeopardy quiz
  • Boy Scouts of America Weather Merit Badge presentation, broadcast studio tour, and anemometer project
  • Chapter members volunteered to serve as judges at the annual middle school and high school Science Bowl competition in central Iowa
  • Science Nights at local elementary schools (Edwards, Sawyer, and Meeker) where chapter members interact with over one hundred children working on science activities
  • Weather demonstrations to 3-5 year olds at the Child Development Lab
  • Trained students weekly for the upcoming Science Olympiad competition
  • Introduced the meteorology major and career path to middle school students at the annual Science Bound event
  • Managed a severe weather poster contest for local elementary school students

Outreach within Iowa State

ISU AMS realized the need for greater severe and general weather knowledge among the students at Iowa State. Outreach projects we participated in within ISU included:

  • Adopted Agronomy Hall for the Keep ISU Beautiful litter clean-up project
  • Promoted our club and the meteorology major to ISU students at Clubfest, Clubfest II, and the Major Fair
  • Submitted weather forecasts for printing in the ISU Daily newspaper
  • Worked to keep the campus StormReady
  • Travelled to meteorology professors' homes in December for caroling
  • Posted severe weather safety tips in our Storm the Dorms project

Community Outreach

Great efforts are made to reach out to the Ames community, specifically those less fortunate, as well as storm victims in the Midwest. Our community outreach events included:

  • Traveled to Joplin, MO to help restore homes and parks after the tornado
  • Worked with mobile home communities to develop severe weather evacuation plans in our ongoing Mobile Home Project
  • Insulated and winterized homes for low-income families in Ames
  • Partnered with the HyVee grocery store chain in the Midwest to print severe weather safety tips on approximately 4.3 million plastic bags
  • Worked with local school districts to make schools StormReady
  • Held a conference call with Central Michigan University and Ohio University to collaborate and brainstorm outreach ideas
  • Managed a booth at ISU's VEISHEA event where we held weather demonstrations, raffled off a weather radio, and gave away weather-themed foods for the local community

Support for Causes

ISU AMS participates in local events for causes such as Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, the Children's Cancer Connection, and Captain Midnight's Run for Cystic Fibrosis in an effort to not only donate to these causes, but also to promote these causes among club members.


Lyndon State College Student Chapter

2013-2014


Millersville University Student Chapter

2012-2013


Pennsylvania State University Student Chapter

2012-2013


Purdue University Student Chapter

2012-2013


San Diego Regular Chapter

2012-2013


Smoky Mountain Regular Chapter

2013-2014

The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the AMS believes in strong public outreach. We seek to fulfill this goal by providing educational opportunities for the public, continuing education for professionals, and volunteering in our community.

Guest Speakers

In January 2014, the chapter joined with the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee in welcoming guest speaker and 2013 AMS President, Dr. Marshall Shepherd.

In March 2014, the chapter heard from Dr. Kelsey Ellis, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, to hear her presentation on spatiotemporal patterns of hurricanes.

In May 2014, the chapter will hear a presentation from George Matthews and David Hotz of the NWS WFO Morristown on "Severe Weather Parameters" with a focus on the March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak event.

Science Fair

In April 2014, three members of the Smoky Mountain Chapter volunteered in operations and judging of the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair. It is a regional science fair that is held on the University of Tennessee campus each year. It was a great success with many impressive projects in both junior and senior divisions. In total, five awards were given out with three carrying $100 scholarships.

NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™

In April 2014, the Smoky Mountain Chapter of the AMS became a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™. Through this program, we seek to partner with NOAA to better prepare our region's readiness, responsiveness, and resilience to extreme weather events.


Southwest Pennsylvania Student Chapter

2012-2013

The chapter’s public outreach components are believed to be an effective way of spreading awareness regarding the various disciplines in science-related fields while exposing our program to various audiences. Each component of our public outreach, Educational Outreach Committee, StormFest, and Colloquia Series, has its own coordinating chair.

School Visits

The Educational Outreach Committee (EOC) organizes visits to school districts in the surrounding communities to teach various Earth Science related lessons to the students. Some presentation topics have included: The Four Seasons, Careers as a Meteorologist, Hollywood: Fact or Fiction, Natural Hazards, and GIS. This year our EOC has visited more the 10 schools, reaching out to hundreds of students. Numerous schools made large “Thank You” cards with their student’s signatures expressing their appreciation for the visit.

StormFest

On February 15th and 16th StormFest, our largest public outreach event, took place at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. With the help of over a hundred volunteers and “Dewey Sleet the weather geek,” Earth Science related activities were taught to children and adults with more than thirty, fun and interactive event. Nick Walker from The Weather Channel was also present for the event. The two-day event drew in a crowd of about 5,000 participants this year.

Podcasts

The “Dewey Sleet Presents” podcasts is a burgeoning addition to our outreach component. With the help of our iconic StormFest character, Dewey Sleet, we create short video lessons geared towards educating children. Podcasts on Tornadoes/Safety and on The Seasons have been made and posted throughout the Chapter’s social mediums.


Twin Cities Regular Chapter

2013-2014


University of Washington Student Chapter

2014-2015


West Central Florida Regular Chapter

2012-2013

Student Outreach Our Chapter engages students of all ages - from preschool to high school - by using a variety of hands-on weather experiments in conjunction with state education standards to provide a look at different meteorological processes.

Our chapter has an Outreach Chair who collaborates with the President (and other officers and members) to organize events.

Our chapter officers and members participate in the Great-American Teach-In, come into the classroom at other times and serve as Science Fair Judges.

Community Outreach Each year, we attend and host educational events in the West Central Florida region to encourage weather awareness and pass on our skills and knowledge to those who are interested. We mentor the teachers in the community through our Teach the Teacher Workshop for those in local middle and high schools. We demonstrate numerous weather activities and provide detailed instructions for them to take back to their classrooms (provided also on WCFLAMS.org).

We host a booth at the Hillsborough and Hernando County hurricane expos, where we demonstrate weather activities for attendees and raise hurricane awareness. In addition, we have provided NOAA Weather Radios as prize giveaways.

WCFLAMS organise "panel of TV meteorologists" events. Two of our officers/members serve as moderators who ask members to four members who are TV Meteorologists. The audiance are also engaged in the discussion by asking questions. These have been offered as part of the EXPO for the community as well as separate meetings. We issue press releases so that members of the public are informed of the event.

2013-2014

Our chapter conducted several educational outreach events, including a Weather Education Workshop for teachers. Chapter members conducted weather experiments and prepared packets that were distributed to the teachers for use in their classrooms.

The chapter also applied for and was awarded a $5,000 Bay Grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and we have plans to use the grant to fund teacher workshops in the fall of 2014. The workshops will focus on how the weather affects the environment, how climate change will affect the Tampa area, and how Florida's climate is suitable for invasive species.

Our members were invited to an event sponsored by the Climate Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American Geographers. Members of both organizations were able to network with each other and we hope for future collaborative endeavors.

Our chapter participated in a new event this year, called EcoFest, which was sponsored by Learning Gate Community School, the University of South Florida's College of Sustainability, and the City of Tampa. Our chapter hosted a booth at this event and our members brought several weather experiments to demonstrate to the public, as well as a weather trivia game.

We also continued our participation in the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo at the Museum of Science and Industry. The goal of this expo is to provide the public with information on hurricane safety in Tampa Bay through activities, demonstrations, and displays. Our chapter worked closely with the local National Weather Service office in having a joint booth at the event. Our members contributed by having hands-on weather activities and providing information about hurricane awareness. The chapter invested in this event by giving bottle connectors to children so that they could do their own tornado experiment. To increase our advertising, we included our chapter logo and webpage on the connectors.

The chapter attended a presentation at the Florida Aquarium called "The Ask." Chapter members were asked to pledge a commitment to help our planet and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as the presentation emphasized individual and community responsibility.

Several chapter officers and members participated as judges in various science fairs around the region and gave school talks around the community for the Great American Teach-In.

2014-2015

Tampa Bay Estuaries Grant (September – October 2014)

Our chapter was awarded a $5,000 grant used to fund two workshops for bay area teachers. The goal of each workshop was to educate them on the importance of conservation and restoration efforts throughout Tampa Bay. Several experiments showcasing water quality treatment, climate change effects on the bay area, and how Florida’s climate sustains invasive species were taught, with equipment given to the teachers to allow them to convey the message to their students.

Tampa Bay EcoFest (April 2015)

Several chapter officers and members took part in the 2015 Tampa Bay EcoFest held at Lowry Park Zoo, April 2015. The ecofest celebrate the principles of sustainability, ecology, equity and economy.

The event was open to the public, with the chapter having our table with demonstrations for visitors.


Western Kentucky University Student Chapter

2011-2012

Kentucky Emergency Management Conference (KYEM) held in Bowling Green, KY. (February 2012)

For the KYEM, members of our chapter volunteered our time to help out with this event.

Severe Weather Awareness Day (S.W.A.D.) at Trevecca Nazarene University (February 2012)

Each year, members from our local chapter travel to Nashville, TN to volunteer our time to help the National Weather Service with this event, as well as having our own booth to tell people about our local chapter and what we do. About 500 people attend S.W.A.D. every year and the goal of S.W.A.D. is get people aware of severe weather by explaining why severe weather happens as well as what to do when severe weather hits.

KenTenn Workshop at Austin Peay State University (March 2012)

Members from our local chapter traveled to Clarksville, TN to volunteer our time to help the National Weather Service with this event. The goal of the KenTenn Workshop is to get people aware of severe weather by explaining why severe weather happens as well as what to do when severe weather hits.

2012-2013

WKU Relay for Life (October 2012)

Western Kentucky University held a fundraiser for Relay for Life at WKU's football field, Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium. The event started in the evening and lasted all night. Our local chapter raised money by asking for donations, as well as selling walking tacos to all of the supporters who came out. We raised $350 total for Relay for Life.

WeatherFest (January 2013)

Our local chapter volunteered, specifically at the How the Weather Works booth run by Mike Mogil, our time at the annual AMS Conference in Austin, TX. We helped out with the annual WeatherFest, which is an interactive weather and science fair for children of all ages intended to spark an interest in this area so they may consider a career in weather or science.

Severe Weather Awareness Day (S.W.A.D.) at Trevecca Nazarene University (February 2013)

Each year, members from our local chapter travel to Nashville, TN to volunteer our time to help the National Weather Service with this event, as well as having our own booth to tell people about our local chapter and what we do. About 500 people attend S.W.A.D. every year and the goal of S.W.A.D. is get people aware of severe weather by explaining why severe weather happens as well as what to do when severe weather hits.

KenTenn Workshop at Murray State (March 2013)

Members from our local chapter traveled to Murray, KY to volunteer our time to help the National Weather Service with this event, as well as having our own booth to tell people about our local chapter and what we do. The goal of the KenTenn Workshop is to get people aware of severe weather by explaining why severe weather happens as well as what to do when severe weather hits.

2013-2014

Summer Weather Camp (July 2013)

From July 15-19, 2013, our local chapter conducted the first ever undergraduate student lead weather camp in the nation. The camp was open to kids ages 10-14 and the camp was a commuting camp lasting from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. each day. We partnered with the National Weather Camps Program. If your chapter is looking at conducting a weather camp, we highly recommend it! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

WKU Relay for Life (October 2013)

Western Kentucky University held a fundraiser for Relay for Life at WKU's football field, Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium. The event started in the evening and lasted all night. Our local chapter raised money by asking for donations, as well as selling walking tacos to all of the supporters who came out. We raised $550 total for Relay for Life.

WeatherFest (January 2014)

Our local chapter volunteered, specifically at the How the Weather Works booth run by Mike Mogil, our time at the annual AMS Conference in Atlanta, GA. We helped out with the annual WeatherFest, which is an interactive weather and science fair for children of all ages intended to spark an interest in this area so they may consider a career in weather or science.

Severe Weather Awareness Day (S.W.A.D.) at Trevecca Nazarene University (March 2014)

Each year, members from our local chapter travel to Nashville, TN to volunteer our time to help the National Weather Service with this event, as well as having our own booth to tell people about our local chapter and what we do. About 500 people attend S.W.A.D. every year and the goal of S.W.A.D. is get people aware of severe weather by explaining why severe weather happens as well as what to do when severe weather hits.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Picture Contest (March 2014)

To show our support for Severe Weather Awareness Week, our chapter held a picture contest. Children in grades K-6 were encouraged to draw a picture that represents severe weather safety. At the end of the contest, WKU faculty and students voted for the best picture.

Twister Night at the Movies (April 2014)

Local chapter members volunteered for the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross to help put on "Twister Night at the Movies" at the Franklin, KY Drive In movie theater. The movie night was held on the 40th anniversary when one of the worst tornado outbreaks hit the southeast. Members of our chapter helped distribute fliers that gave information about tornado safety.

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