Owlie, star of the Young Meteorologist Program game and website, set to fly in early 2012
In early 2012, PLAN!T NOW and its partners will introduce the Young Meteorologist Program (YMP), a free digital program that will teach students across the United States about severe weather facts and safety. Designed for students in grades 3-8, YMP is built around a game that follows the main character, Owlie, through five severe weather challenges as he, and the player, try to earn a Young Meteorologist Certificate. Through learning about hurricanes, lightning, floods, tornadoes and winter storms, players will learn how to be prepared for real-life severe weather and natural hazards.
Owlie, the game’s main character, is adapted from Owlie Skywarn, a longstanding part of severe weather education through the National Weather Service. The sound scientific lessons from the Owlie Skywarn illustrated workbook have been turned into a digital, 21st-century teaching tool.
PLAN!T NOW is joined in this project by key partners the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service, the National Education Association and the American Meteorological Society. More