2013-01-13 16:56:05.000 – Brian Fitzgerald, Weather Observer/Education Specialist
Brian outside during a program!
It’s been a busy week up on the Rockpile, and for a moment we get a bit of a breather between trips and visitors to the summit; playoff football anyone? It’s been a particularly busy week for Distance Learning Programs, which as the Education Specialist, and the staffer charged with delivering programs, it’s been fun and very rewarding getting to reach out to as many schools and students as possible. For those of you who don’t know exactly what Distance Learning programs are all about, essentially they are one hour-long educational lessons about weather and climate, presented live from the summit of Mount Washington by either myself or Rebecca, my counterpart and fellow Weather Observer/Education Specialist on the other shift with support from our Outreach Coordinator in our North Conway office. These interactive programs are an exciting way to learn about weather from the point of view of someone working in the meteorology. Typically these programs are also much cheaper and easier that full-fledged field trips. We offer several program topics suited for students ranging grades 4-12, which are built around New Hampshire Frameworks and National Education Standards, including: Extreme Weather Observations, Fundamentals of Climate, Life and Works at the Mount Washington Observatory, The Alpine Zone and custom programs as well to fit all schedules and curriculum needs. As long as your school has videoconferencing technology (i.e. a Polycom, Tandberg or a LifeSize system) we can set up a connection for your classroom to the ‘Home of the World’s Worst Weather.’For any students, teachers or interested parents who are curious about bringing our weather station into your class room visit our Education Page on our web site and get in touch with our Education Director Michelle! Rebecca and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Brian Fitzgerald, Weather Observer/Education Specialist