Students learn the importance of understanding weather


GRAFTON—On Friday, students at one local school learned about weather and ways to stay safe when dangerous weather comes.

Less than a year ago, Starla McCauley started a STEAM Lab at the school. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

“I felt that the kids needed this lab. Many children do not have the opportunity to have this type of hands-on experiences with learning,” she expressed.

The lab is located upstairs at the school and McCauley shared that classes rotate to the lab throughout the week.

Last week, students learned about the weather in class and McCauley organized for a visitor to come and talk to the students.

Tony Edwards, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston West Virginia, visited the third-grade students at Anna Jarvis Elementary School.

Edwards commented that has been sharing information about the weather with students in West Virginia for two years.

While there, Edwards talked with students about weather safety and how quickly the weather can change.

The presentation started with Edwards talking with students about clouds, and he explained the different clouds and what they mean for the weather.

After talking about clouds, he showed the students a PowerPoint with different types of severe weather from flooding to hurricanes.

McCauley commented that Edwards did a wonderful job and the students really enjoyed the visit.

“I think it is important to have different STEAM professions come to the school and help inspire the students,” she voiced.

At the end of the presentation, the students were able to see a mini tornado with a machine that Edwards brought with him.

McCauley revealed that the students at Anna Jarvis Elementary School with also be forecasting the weather in the upcoming weeks, after they have a weather station installed.

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