PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield’s Clinton Elementary School's 4th Graders got a close-up look at the science behind the weather from NBC 4 Weather Kids Meteorologist Matt Brickman on Wednesday. The interactive presentation took place in the school's library where students and teachers were treated to hands-on experiments to explain many weather concepts.
Brickman explained the various types of pressure using a hand-held blower and a beach ball, demonstrated cloud formations with the use of shaving cream on the arms of student volunteers, and talked about the formation of precipitation and how hurricanes and tornadoes develop.
After the presentation the students and NBC crew members moved outdoors in groups to view and experience the NBC Storm Chaser weather truck, complete with antennas and electronic devices to enable broadcasting the weather events while on the road.
Clinton Elementary School Science Teacher Antonia Atkins submitted the application for the program, and was instrumental in arranging a similar presentation in January 2018 at Woodland Elementary School where Meteorologist Eric Grow met with students.
According to the NBC crew on hand, several schools in the tri-state area participate in the annual program, now in its third year.
Each Clinton Elementary School student received a certificate of completion, and weather-related posters as a part of the program.
TAPintoPlainfield.net is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.