BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Tuesday, Feb. 12, meteorologist John Marshall from Channel 2 News taught Mountain Park students about weather in a fun and interactive way. Children in grades 3-5 took part in a live assembly, which included weather animations, videos and a live weather station.

Students explored what causes the local weather and learned about the various types of clouds, how storms are formed and how changes in air pressure contribute to the formation of various weather systems.  Next, they learned about how to forecast the weather and learned how to use different weather instruments.

Finally, students had the opportunity to learn about the technology behind a TV weather report by standing in front of a mobile green screen weather studio and experiencing for themselves how a real weathercast is performed in an actual TV studio. They were thrilled to have the opportunity to play weather forecaster!  Students were also fascinated by the technology involved in producing a weather forecast for broadcast television.

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When the assembly ended, some of our young scientists wondered if they might have a future as meteorologists. 

The program was was provided, in part, by the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation, which supported a grant enhancing the school's Science curriculum with a STEM-infused assembly.