Learn to Predict the Weather
Are you curious about how weather predictions are made? Come to Penn State Weather Camp and find out!
During this week of camp, you will receive hands-on experience in many aspects of weather, including the actual process of making a forecast. This camp will be held at the premier location for studying weather, Penn State’s Department of Meteorology at the University Park campus.
Become More Weather-Wise!
Learn the answers to these questions:
- How do storms form?
- Why can’t we be certain of tomorrow’s weather?
Discover how to:
- read and analyze weather charts
- use forecast models to make predictions
Explore the world of weather by:
- launching a weather balloon
- surfing the world’s best Internet weather sites
- simulating a hurricane
Step into a meteorologist’s job by:
- making a weather forecast each day
- presenting your own TV weathercast
You will have the opportunity to:
- explore the underlying principles of meteorology
- learn how to use scientific methods while exploring various aspects of the atmosphere
- acquire valuable knowledge of the present, past, and future states of the atmosphere
- analyze surface weather maps and watch the release of a weather balloon
- create a weather broadcast and take a video copy home to share with your family, friends, fellow science students, and teachers
- You can learn about the various facilities and resources in the University Park area that are instrumental in the study and forecasting of the atmosphere.
- You will tour the local National Weather Service office, the Weather World studios, and AccuWeather. You will have a wonderful opportunity to see firsthand how state-of-the-art meteorological equipment can be used to improve weather forecasting.
Finally, you will get a glimpse of the various careers associated with meteorology. By the end of the camp you will have an appreciation for the wonders, complexity, and beauty of the atmosphere, and for people who have chosen careers in meteorology.
Behavior expectations and skills necessary to participate in our program
For this program to be a positive experience for your child and other participants and to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, each youth is expected to:
- Be respectful and courteous to one another, as well as to all instructor/staff members (not be disruptive)
- Actively engage in the learning experience provided (staying with the group and on task)
- Observe the program rules (Standards of Conduct)
- Follow given instructions
- Respect the program/University facilities
- Be able to navigate a large campus setting
- Be able to conduct self appropriately while participating in the social activities outside the formal learning experience
Behavioral issues will be handled as follows:
- First Incident — Warning and discussion with student
- Second Incident — Discussion with parent/guardian
- Third Incident — Student will be withdrawn from the program and the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the child immediately. No refund will be given.