Students learn about science, health careers at UT Health Center/Neighborhood WeatherNet symposium

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

HAWKINS – More than 130 Northeast Texas middle school students attended the UT Health Science Center Neighborhood WeatherNet Symposium held Friday, May 12, at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, said Donna Bogue, SUPERNet coordinator.

“This year’s theme is “Why Water and Wetlands?” This is a crucial topic for our area,” Bogue said. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and KLTV sponsor Neighborhood WeatherNet, in which elementary and middle school students report local weather changes to KLTV. Since February 1997, the program has placed weather stations at 34 sites. Students exercise their math and science skills by measuring barometric pressure, rainfall, humidity, and wind speed and direction.

Students from area schools created posters about this year’s topic and displayed them at the symposium. Darlene Flournoy and Cindy Smith of the Northeast Texas Consortium and Todd Karch, technology coordinator of the Mineola Independent School District, judged the posters.

Henderson Middle School won the poster competition, Bogue said. Each of the school’s students who wanted to attend the symposium created a poster. Then the school held its own competition to choose the poster to be entered.

“What a great way to get everyone involved in the project and interested in the symposium!” Bogue said.

School districts participating in Friday’s seminar were Big Sandy, Bullard, Henderson, Kilgore, Mineola, and Mount Enterprise.

Seminar topics and their presenters included: “Project Tornado,” Mark Scirto, KLTV; “Hot Jobs in Health Careers,” Cindy Smith and Miguel Gaona, Lake Country Area Health Education Center; “Cyber World,” Steven Day, UTHSCT; “Body and Soul,” Christie Osuagwu, UTHSCT; “Environmental Chemistry,” Dr. Rhodora Snow and Dr. Belinda Prihoda, Jarvis Christian College; “Aquatic Micro-organisms,” Dr. Nurul Alam, Jarvis; “Wetlands,” Dr. James Goodwin, Jarvis; and “The WOW in Chemistry!” James Powers, Hawkins Independent School District.

NOTICE: Protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure.