When the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania approached Millersville University’s Earth Science Department seeking assistance with their STEM Club activities on weather, they probably didn’t anticipate the degree of interest and enthusiasm they would receive.
“Three Millersville meteorology majors. Timothy Keebler, Patrick Roelant and Alyssa Cannistraci took on the project this month with vigor, providing two groups of students enrolled in the Library’s STEM Club with an exciting, colorful and informative presentation one week, followed by an assortment of hands-on activities the next week.,” explained Dr. Rich Clark, chair of Earth Sciences at MU.
Activities included some of the classics like crushing a can with the pressure gradient force, tornado in a bottle, Van de Graaff generator, and launching of a special weather balloon called a PIBAL, or Pilot Balloon, that students signed and attached a return address.
“Not only were the STEM Club students introduced to the science of weather, but the MU meteorology students derived the satisfaction that comes with sharing their passion about their discipline and providing a service to their community,” says Clark.