July 16-20, 2018

Deadline to apply:  March 9, 2018

Predicting weather, especially dangerous storms, relies on the understanding of numerous scientific theories, as well as merging data from diverse observational platforms. One tool that meteorologists use routinely is weather radar.  Radar provides unparalleled information on precipitation location and amount, and information on storm structure.  Weather radar is the foundation of severe weather warnings, and also provides information on wind fields under clear air conditions.

In this workshop, teachers will engage in activities that illustrate how radar data are used to better understand atmospheric circulations near the Earth’s surface that can influence severe weather. The activities will include a series of practical exercises with readily accessible data sets that will reveal how physics, earth science, math, and computer science complement each other in weather forecasting. With support from the meteorologists and CSATS, teachers will develop classroom lessons that are tied directly to their curriculum and appropriate for their students.

Teacher Benefits:

  • Workshop is FREE to all educators
  • Continental breakfast and lunches are provided at the workshop for all participating teachers.
  • Free lodging is available and reimbursement of up to $300 for travel expenses
  • Participants receive a $250 stipend
  • Act 48 credit is available upon request
  • This workshop is aligned to the PA Science and Technology standards, Engineering Education Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.


Matthew Johnson, PhD

Research Associate
Assistant Professor of Science Education

Email: | Phone: 814-863-6607

Taylor Wood

Research Assistant

Email: | Phone: 814-865-1181

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Predicting the Future: Using Radar Data for Analyzing Weather

Middle and high school teachers

5 Days

July 16, 2018 at 9:00am - July 20, 2018 at 5:00pm

Penn State University, University Park

Workshop Full