Neighborhood WeatherNet symposium Monday, May 12, to show middle school students how to ‘Stay Green’

Friday, May 9, 2008

How to “Stay Green” is the theme of this year’s UT Health Science Center / KLTV Neighborhood WeatherNet Symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 12 at the Bill Ratliff Engineering and Science Building at The University of Texas at Tyler.

About 180 middle school students from six Northeast Texas school districts will attend breakout sessions in which they will visit with science, media, and health professionals from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and KLTV.

The school districts are Arp, Bullard, Henderson, Kilgore, Mineola, and Winona.

Session topics and their presenters include: “Project Tornado,” Mark Scirto, chief meteorologist for KLTV; “A Green Cyber World,” Steven Day, Web specialist at UTHSCT; “Health Careers,” Miguel Gaona, Lake Country Area Health Education Center; “Ill Effects of Second-hand Smoke,” Debbie Warren, Lake Country AHEC; “Carbon Footprint,” Naomi Armentrout and Jan Zanteis, TANDBERG, video conferencing; “Polymers,” Linda Wright, Discovery Science Place; and “How to Build Green,” Jeff Basehore and Kathy Holdway, Architecture Construction Co.

Other topics are leadership, sustainable energy, and energizing your home. Donna Bogue, WeatherNet coordinator, organized the symposium.

In addition, students will display their entries illustrating this year’s theme of “Stay Green” for the annual symposium contest.

Entries may be posters, science projects, essays, stories, music, artwork, photographs, or Web pages. The winner will be recognized in the afternoon session.

UTHSCT and KLTV sponsor Neighborhood WeatherNet, in which middle school students report local weather changes to KLTV.

Since February 1997, UTHSCT has assisted in placing weather stations at about 30 East Texas sites.

Students exercise their math and science skills by measuring barometric pressure, rainfall, humidity, and wind speed and direction.

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