Disclaimer: I’m not a gamer at all. I never got further than Tetris. Don’t expect any critical note from me.
A striking moment today, the launch of a free online resource and computer game that educates and empowers children and adults alike about severe-weather science, weather awareness and safety. Striking because of Hurricane Sandy.
Striking but not accidental because the hurricane season is in full gear.
The online game features a junior data collector for the Weather Center: Owlie. He is the guide in this game. Players encounter lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and winter storms- all while learning severe weather science and safety. Players who successfully complete the game earn a Young Meteorologist Certificate. The website also provides Young Meteorologist’s opportunities to put their knowledge to work through launching community service projects. Resources for educators, parents and meteorologists to guide Young Meteorologists are also available.
The project is an initiative from PLAN!T NOW, an international disaster preparedness non-profit.
They teamed up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Education Association (NEA).