WIUDOW 1 Outreach Activities

One of the original objectives was to make the DOW available for educational outreach events when it was not used by the Instruments class. The DOW was used in the following outreach events:

Sept. 26, DOW was at the Warren-Henderson County Progressive Farm Safety Day

Approximately 250 students toured the DOW and learned about weather awareness. This is an annual event for all public and private school 5th grade students in the Warren and Henderson County area sponsored by the Warren Henderson County Farm Bureau

Sept. 27, DOW was at the McDonough County Conservation Day

Approximately 150 students toured the DOW. This is an annual event for all public and private school 5th grade students in McDonough and surrounding counties sponsored by the McDonough County Soil and Water Conservation District, University of Illinois Extension and the Western Illinois Regional Council.

Sept. 30, DOW was available for Macomb Senior High School students to visit and ask questions

Approximately 180 high school students from Geology, Sociology-Geography, and General Sciences classes visited the DOW

Sept. 30, Dr. Karen Kosiba from the Center for Severe Weather Research gave a public presentation entitled "Running the Wrong Way: Chasing Tornadoes and Hurricanes for Science"

Approximately 40 community members and students attended the talk and toured the DOW after the presentation.

Oct. 1, DOW was available for Macomb Junior High School students to visit and ask questions

Approximately 300 students from all of the 7th and 8th grade science classes visited the DOW.

Oct. 2, DOW was available for Galesburg High School students to visit and ask questions

Approximately 90 high school students from Physical Science, Physics, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences classes visited the DOW.

Oct. 4, DOW was available for Bushnell-Prairie City High School students to visit and ask questions

Approximately 195 high school students from the Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Laboratory Sciences classes visited the DOW.

During the visit to Western Illinois University, the DOW reached nearly 1400 people, including WIU students, students from local schools and community members from the Macomb and surrounding areas!

DOW visit to the Macomb Junior-Senior High School
DOW visit to the Macomb Junior-Senior High School
DOW visit to Conservation Day in McDonough County
DOW visit to the Warren-Henderson County Progressive Farm Safety Day

WIUDOW in the News

In addition to the number of individuals directly reached, the DOW was also featured in several news articles, both on air and in print. The articles about the DOW are listed here.

WIU’s Geography Department Presents Mobile Radar Vehicle
Western Illinois University | 11 September 2013

The Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW) mobile radar system is coming to Western Illinois University from Monday, Sept. 16-Friday, Oct. 4. This is the same vehicle that was featured on Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" and used in the VORTEX I and II tornado research [...]
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DOW Truck Makes Three-Week Stop at Western
Western Illinois University | 17 September 2013

Meteorology students at Western Illinois University and at regional high schools will get a unique look at weather-predicting equipment as the Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW) mobile radar system spends the next three weeks on the Macomb campus. [...]
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The "DOW" Comes to Macomb
CBS 7 KHQA | 18 September 2013

The truck that's gained national attention when it comes to storm chasing has made its way to Western Illinois University. It has been seen on Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" television show. The "Doppler on Wheels", or the DOW, [...]
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