It’s hot outside, and global weather information portal AccuWeather is providing fun, science-based learning all summer long for children, parents and interested adults. AccuWeather Summer Camp is a virtual educational series that draws on insights from AccuWeather expert meteorologists, teaching hands-on science lessons and activities remotely while “campers” are sheltering at home.
AccuWeather Summer Camp features daily lessons on accuweather.com and AccuWeather’s social channels designed to engage school-age children. The program combines reading materials with compelling visual experiments, learning activities and craft projects for an engaging, well-rounded and fun educational experience.
On the AccuWeather Summer Camp page, campers will find weather-related and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons designed for summertime and the great outdoors. At-home broadcasters and personalities from AccuWeather will also be adding their own updates during the 11 a.m. hour weekdays on the AccuWeather Network.
The interactive lessons touch on summertime topics such as “How long will it take this butter to melt in a hot car?” “Make your own thermometer,” “Space Exploration: Let’s find the International Space Station” and “Make your own beaver dam,”with accompanying video instruction. Activities and lessons are updated daily.
The combination of weather information, safety learning and practical scientific knowledge makes the lessons accessible to users of all ages. The lessons include using ordinary household materials and build upon previous lessons from AccuWeather School, which began in April.
“We realize that many camps have made the difficult decision to close due to COVID-19. This virtual camp setting gives parents and campers an exciting chance to experience summer camp-type activities, while learning important and engaging lessons presented by our own in-house STEM experts,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, who is coordinating the lessons. “You are never too old to learn, so while we are spending more time at home this summer, this content offers insightful, stimulating topics for the curious adult as well as young people.”
Some lessons encourage users to engage with AccuWeather’s Facebook and Twitter pages using the #AccuWeatherSummerCamp hashtag. Lessons are also designed to simulate a day at camp, with activities typically taking 5-15 minutes to read through, with 1-minute instructional videos, rounded out with hands-on follow-up activities further bringing those lessons to life.