On Friday, January 19th, MACA hosted former WBAL/WMAR television meteorologist turned local social media meteorology icon, Justin Berk for a unique hands-on educational STEM symposium for their elementary students.
Using a very hands-on approach, Berk used real-world examples and an interactive presentation to teach MACA students the science behind how our weather works. Students delighted in using real scientific instruments, such as four different types of thermometers; an infrared digital thermometer, a dial thermometer, an analogue/mercury thermometer, and a bowl thermometer, to understand the technology, math and scientific process that meteorologists use to predict weather. “It’s necessary to have various tools to measure the same thing. That way we make sure what’s being observed is accurate. Having accurate information is important because it allows people studying the information to have a more precise prediction of what will happen,” said Berk.
In preparation for Berk’s visit, each of the elementary classes created small snow sticks, which resemble a mini version of Justin’s hallmark “Snow Stix” snow measuring tool. To apply what they have learned in the symposium, our students will be encouraged to have fun using their snow sticks at home to measure changing accumulation during the next snow storm.
A crowd favorite was when Berk shared his popular pre-snow checklist, which includes flushing ice cubes down the toilet, wearing pajamas inside out and a snow dance, which several students gladly demonstrated. After the symposium, teachers led the students in a discussion about the many references to weather in the Bible.
The Carroll County Times wrote about this event and placed it on the front page of their printed newspaper! Here is a link to the online edition: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/multimedia/photogalleries/cctnews-meteorologist-justin-berk-visits-mount-airy-christian-academy-january-19-2018-20180119-photogallery.html
To learn more about meteorologist Justin Berk and his passion for teaching weather-related STEM education, visit www.justinweather.com/about.