WIUDOW 2 Outreach Activities

The second objective for the DOW visit was educational outreach. The DOW visited Galesburg High School, Macomb High School and Macomb Junior High School where students visited the DOW. The DOW was also at Conservation Day for McDonough where 300 fifth-grade students visited the DOW. Students from WIU’s Severe Weather Club accompanied the DOW technician, Alycia Gilliland, to these events. The DOW was also featured in numerous news articles, both on air and in print.

The DOW visits Macomb High School during an outreach event.

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 participated in the following outreach events:

Sept. 25
DOW was at the McDonough County Conservation Day

Approximately 300 students toured the DOW. Severe Weather Club students from WIU talked to students and gave them a tour of the DOW. Conservation Day 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. Several parents told me their kids came home talking about the DOW.

Sept. 21
DOW visited Galesburg High School and was toured by AP Physics, Physics, Earth Systems, Physical Science, and Math classes

Severe Weather Club students from WIU talked to students and gave them a tour of the DOW. Several of the teachers designed course activities related to the DOW in preparation for the visit. This is certainly a benefit of having seen the DOW before.

Sept. 22
DOW visited the Quad Cities campus of WIU and was toured by a physics lab group, other university personnel and community members

Our first visit to the Quad Cities campus was a huge success.

Oct. 2
DOW visited Macomb Senior High School

More of the high school classes came out to see the DOW than during our first DOW visit. Severe Weather Club students from WIU talked to students and gave them a tour of the DOW.

Sept. 24
DOW visited Macomb Junior High School

More of the junior high school classes came out to see the DOW than during our first DOW visit. Severe Weather Club students from WIU talked to students and gave them a tour of the DOW.

 

WIUDOW in the NEWS

Macomb is on Doppler‘s Radar
27 Sep 2015 | The Western Courier

Meteorology students at Western Illinois University are getting what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity over the course of the next few weeks.  Redina Herman, meteorology professor at Western, applied to the National Science Foundation for the use of the Doppler on Wheels, or DOW for short.
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Doppler Weather Truck Stops in Macomb
22 Sep 2015 | Western Illinois University News

For the second time in three years, students at Western Illinois University will have the benefit of high-tech equipment used to predict and track weather patterns.
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