AccuWeather Launches Virtual AccuWeather School Science Learning Program
Educational series provides lessons from AccuWeather's expert meteorologists on various weather-related and STEM topics for remote learning during COVID-19 Quarantine
AccuWeather Global Weather Center, April 28, 2020 — Global weather and digital media leader AccuWeather has launched AccuWeather School (www.accuweather.com/school), a new virtual educational series in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing upon its expert meteorologists to teach science lessons remotely while students, parents, teachers and others are sheltering at home. The content is developed and produced in concert with the 24/7 national AccuWeather Network channel and is available across many digital AccuWeather platforms.
AccuWeather School features daily lessons on www.accuweather.com/school and AccuWeather’s various social channels, designed to engage students, whose regular academic settings have shifted to remote learning to lessen the impact of the Coronavirus spread. The online resource, which began earlier this month, combines reading materials along with compelling visual experiments and hands-on learning activities and craft projects for an engaging, well-rounded, and fun, educational experience.
Students, parents, teachers and curious adults can simply log onto the AccuWeather School page, where they will find various weather-related and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons that are updated daily. In addition, at-home broadcasters and personalities will be adding their own updates and tips linking to daily lesson plans during the 2:00 pm hour EDT on the AccuWeather Network, Monday through Friday. The channel is available to DIRECTV, Verizon Fios and Frontier subscribers.
The menu of lesson options broadly ranges from “how to calm your pet during a storm” to experiments on “how to create your own tornado,” with accompanying video instruction. The combination of weather information, safety learning and practical scientific knowledge sharing brings strong educational insights, on an accessible level, to users of all ages. The lessons have been designed and developed by AccuWeather expert meteorologists using easily accessible materials that can be found around the house.
“At AccuWeather we are passionate about weather, safety, science and learning,” said AccuWeather President Steven R. Smith, who is also a meteorologist. “As parents, students and teachers adapt to this new distance learning environment, our meteorologists, many of them parents themselves, saw an opportunity to take time out of their day to contribute meaningful lessons about weather-related topics, presented by our own in-house STEM experts. You are never too old to learn, so while we are all sheltering at home, this content offers insightful, stimulating topics for the curious adult as well as students.”
Active participation is welcomed, with some lessons even encouraging users to engage with AccuWeather’s Facebook and Twitter pages using the #AccuWeatherSchool hashtag. Lessons are also designed to simulate a school day, with an opening bell, break time activities and even virtual field trips. Lessons typically take 5-15 minutes to read through, with one-minute-long instructional videos, rounded out with follow up “homework” activities further bringing those lessons to life.
AccuWeather has a long history of supporting creative, educational pursuits and programs, with an emphasis on STEM fields and topics. On March 14 (3.14), AccuWeather meteorologists and team members annually celebrate women in STEM fields by wearing the color purple for Pi Day, also designated as #DressforSTEM Day. The company is an annual sponsor of The Pennsylvania State University’s Student Hackathon and in March 2020, AccuWeather also honored a group of students at the University of Kansas’ annual Hackathon, for utilizing the AccuWeather API to develop an app that helps visually impaired people prepare for weather events. Organized tours of the company’s State College, Pennsylvania Global Weather Center is a popular field trip for students and science campers alike as well as for their teachers and instructors.
About AccuWeather, Inc. and accuweather.com — AccuWeather, recognized and documented as the most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the world, has saved tens of thousands of lives, prevented hundreds of thousands of injuries and tens of billions of dollars in property damage. With global headquarters in State College, PA and other offices around the world, AccuWeather serves more than 1.5 billion people daily to help them plan their lives and get more out of their day through digital media properties, such as accuweather.com and mobile, as well as radio, television, newspapers, and the 24/7 AccuWeather Network channel. Additionally, AccuWeather produces and distributes news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. Among AccuWeather’s many innovative and award-winning features available free to the public are MinuteCast® Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™. Furthermore, AccuWeather serves more than half of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of businesses globally. Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, established AccuWeather in 1962 and is considered the “father of modern commercial meteorology.” Dr. Myers, a leading creative thinker and visionary, has been named “the most accurate man in weather” by The New York Times and one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur’s Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs.
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