Ethan Emery, weekend meteorologist for KOTA Territory and Black Hills FOX News, will be on hand this Saturday, Jan. 18 for the Rockpile Museum’s family day event “Weather: Past, Present & Future.” Around 40 spots currently remain open for the free event where Emery will help lead children on a fun adventure learning about weather.
“It is important for kids to learn about science and a subject that affects them every day like weather because it’s easy to accept how something behaves but it’s challenging to learn and understand ‘why’ there was more snow in Sundance than in Gillette or why Wright was warmer than Weston or anything else,” Emery said. “I have a lot of experiments lined up that not only demonstrate how events happen, but will also ‘wow’ both parents and kids.”
During the museum’s event, children will be learning about the weather through a combination of demonstrations and STEM weather-related experiments and activities, according to Rockpile Museum Educator Penny Shroder. She hopes children will have fun while gaining knowledge on how clouds form and witnessing a tornado in a jar.
“I always love visiting schools or events centered around kids because teaching science and weather is something I don’t think we can do too much of,” Emery added. “Without science, how can we understand how to do something like predict the weather or send humans to the moon? Weather has played an important role in how we understand science, and it also sparks interest to almost everyone as it affects everyone!”
Reservations are required to attend Saturday’s free event, which is open to children ages five to 12, with registration running through the morning of Friday, Jan. 17. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will take place Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rockpile Museum located at 900 W. Second St.
“I’m looking forward to this event and am very excited to be given such an opportunity to talk about something I love; and maybe this can spark an interest in the young minds so maybe one day they could be a science legend in northeast Wyoming. I can’t wait for Saturday!” Emery said.
For more information and to register, call (307) 682-5723 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.