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connec t ion Mesonet Summer Camps The two camps are similar in that they both cover meteorology above and beyond what students receive in the classroom. “In the Mesonet camp, we try to break down concepts into physical things students can manipulate rather than analyzing a lot of data,” said Andrea Melvin, Outreach Program Manager for the Oklahoma Mesonet. “The Regent’s Camp has more data analysis and map interpretation.” During the camps this summer, students participated in a number of activities including weather balloon launches, storm spotter training, upper air map analysis, rain gauge calibration and forecast competitions. Each student in the Regent’s Camp received a weather radio they programmed to receive alerts for their area. Dozens of meteorologists and graduate students contributed to the two camps in some way, either by instructing lessons or providing information about college and career paths in meteorology. Next summer, the Mesonet camp for middle schoolers is scheduled to be June 22-27, 2014, and the Regent’s Camp for high schoolers will be July 13-18, 2014. “The Mesonet Camp for middle schoolers gives us an opportunity to really engage students at a time when we see them becoming less interested in science,” said Kevin Kloesel, Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. “In the Regent’s Camp for high schoolers, we really get an opportunity to visit with some impressive young high school students who have science and meteorology as their career path. We get an opportunity to develop their skills as well as give them a first hand feel of what its like to be in a professional meteorological setting.” Volume 4 — Issue 8 — August 2013 www.mesonet.org IMAGINE YOU ARE A TEENAGER. You are obsessed with meteorology. You have seen Twister so many times, you have the script memorized, and you know the science is bad, really bad. Your mom tells you it is about to rain because of the way the clouds are moving, and you inform her that it is just the morning low-level jet. The rain will come later in the day, after solar radiation leads to surface heating which helps erode the cap, allowing supercells to form (if shear is adequate, that is). Then your mom goes silent for ten seconds, says your teachers need a raise, and declares she needs a break from you for a week because you are “eroding her cap”. Where do you go? To one of the two weather camps organized by the Oklahoma Mesonet, of course! For the third consecutive year, the Oklahoma Mesonet has developed curriculum and activities for week-long weather camps in the National Weather Center. This year was a little different because there were two weather camps; one for middle schoolers funded by the Mesonet and camp fees, and one for high schoolers fully funded by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education. In the previous two years, there was only one camp each summer for middle school-aged children. Both camps are competitive. In addition to simply applying, the applicants must submit multiple letters of recommendation from teachers and community members and write an essay about why they want to attend camp. During the day, camp is held at the National Weather Center, and after a day of meteorology and weather-based activities, they return to the dorms for dinner and evening entertainment organized by the OU Precollegiate Program. –by Danny Mattox Middle school students at the Oklahoma Mesonet Camp observe a weather balloon launch as part of their camp activities. Weather balloon launches occur twice a day at approximately 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST.
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|Title||Mesonet connection, 08/2013, v.4 no.8|
Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
|Purpose||Mesonet Summer Camps by Danny Mattox; Oklahoma Mesonet Camp for Middle School Students; Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education Mesonet Camp; The Mesonet Returns to its Roots by Stephanie Bowen; An Uncommon July Brings Drought Relief by Gary McManus;|
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