The News 19 Weather Academy is a program created by the News 19 Forecast Team to
educate elementary school students in grades 1 through 5 about the basics of weather and
instruct them to "Be Safe, Not Scared" in severe weather situations. The basics of weather
include facts about the sun, high and low pressure, fronts and severe weather safety tips. There are also several simple experiments that are performed to demonstrate those concepts. As an example, a can is imploded and an egg is sucked into a glass milk bottle to demonstrate the fundamentals of air pressure.
The News 19 Weather Academy consists of an hour long assembly held during the school day. We find that having the assembly between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. works best. An auditorium or gymnasium is preferred to hold both the assembly and the open house.
A two hour open house is held after the school day from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and it's open to the public. This gives students the opportunity to bring their parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends back to see what the News 19 Forecast Team has to offer. The open house consists of various stations which include weather experiments, an interactive weather quiz, autographs from the Forecast Team, and LIVE weather broadcasts with Chief Meteorologist Dan Breeden during Live @ 5 and the 6 PM Report. There will also be door prize drawings.
We encourage school organizations to hold a food fundraiser during the open house to benefit the school and organization. Schools have done this in the past and they have had great success with it.
We require a minimum of one hour to set up for the assembly.