Meteorologists Andrea Romero and Janice Huff visited School No. 8 on Thursday, Feb. 28, as part of their Weather Kids program, teaching students about different weather phenomena and showing them how they track and predict storms. Above, they are making cloud formations on the arm of fourth-grader Adam Hadidi using shaving cream.
By Gary Miller
A whirlwind blew through School No. 8 on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the form of the NBC New York’s Storm Team 4.
Meteorologists Janice Huff of NBC 4 and Andrea Romero of Telemundo 47 came to teach fourth-graders at School No. 8 about different weather phenomena and how they track and predict storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes. They also took four volunteers from the classroom and demonstrated different types of cloud formations by spraying shaving cream in different shapes on their arms.
The program is part of the station’s Weather Kids program, which gives elementary school students throughout the Tri-State Area classroom weather instructions.
School No. 8 was chosen after first-grade teacher Staci Wegrzynek submitted an application for a visit, which stood out among 1,300 applications due to the district’s newly implemented science program and the school’s innovation in teaching and hands-on learning.
“When I heard that her application was accepted from among thousands for the visit, I was so thrilled,” said Principal Michelle Rodriguez. “As the principal, it’s so special when teachers like Ms. Wegrzynek go above and beyond to provide these enriching opportunities for our students.”
All of the students were given certificates and wristbands to show they had completed the program.
Students were also given the chance to go outside to tour and learn about Storm Tracker 4, the station’s high-tech weather van.
Huff and Romero also visited the Student Vanguard Studio, where students record the weekly Channel 8 news segments. They praised the students’ work, saying they were very impressed by the studio and their professionalism. They then recorded a segment in the studio for the students to include in their news show.
Rodriguez praised Huff and Romero for their interaction with the school’s news team.
“The Storm Team’s impromptu visit to our Student Vanguard while they were in the midst of producing our School 8 digital news was an added and unexpected bonus.”