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MWO Outreach Heads North in January; 20% off Classroom Programs

NORTH CONWAY, NH - There may be no better way to help children learn something than by getting them engaged, excited and involved.  That’s exactly what Mount Washington Observatory’s Educational Outreach Coordinator Michelle Cruz does – just ask any one on her 7,000 students that she interacts with each year!

Thanks to the support of Subaru of America, Cruz is able to bring the science of weather directly into the classroom.  She packs up the Subaru “Weathermobile” and takes the program on the road, destined to visit schools throughout northern New England and beyond.  Bringing interactive, hands-on weather programs into classroom, not only supports the Observatory’s mission, but also allows the Observatory to support the weather segment of New Hampshire’s elementary and middle school curriculum.

By using visual aides including an air cannon to explain air pressure; a Van de Graaf generator to explain lightning safety; an inflatable globe with satellite photos and images to explain the daily operations that are conducted by Mount Washington observers, students are able to better understand the basic concepts of weather.  Students earn an understanding through “doing”, and this is accomplished through the interactive, hands-on activities applied in the outreach program.

“Not only are these programs about educating students about the dynamics and concepts of weather, but it is also about encouragement,” says Cruz.  “By participating in these programs, students are reaffirmed that yes, they can do the science.”

Schools located in Coos or Carroll County will receive a 20% discount during January 22 – February 1, 2008.

To schedule an Outreach Program at your organization or school, sign up online in the outreach section of our website or call (800) 706-0432, ext. 225 today!

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information visit, MountWashington.org

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