(WTXL) — In the midst of weather computer training and the finalization and unveiling of the brand-new First Alert Weather Center and news studio, First Alert Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse still made time to visit four separate locations to share his knowledge of meteorology and support literacy efforts in his periodic "Cas in the Class" school and group visits.
- Saturday, Nov. 16, several troops of local Cub Scouts from around the state line region converged on the Wallwood Scout Reservation in Gadsden County for the "STEM Wars" family camping weekend. Along with traditional Scouting activities (including a couple of nights of tent camping), exhibitors set up booths around the common grounds displaying various aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math-based concepts. Casanova brought the mobile weather lab, featuring a simulation of green-screen display of weather graphics, weather-related books and literature, and basic instruments used to observe weather. He also gave demonstrations on how to use a sling psychrometer to measure relative humidity and allowed the Scouts to try it out.
- Tuesday, Nov. 19, Cas paid a visit to Riversink Elementary School in Wakulla County to speak to fourth and fifth graders about the "weather recipe" that contributes to the water cycle, along with several variables that cause weather pattern change. The discussion was part of the school's week-long "Project Learning Tree" initiative of exposing students to sciences through guest speakers.
- Wednesday, Nov. 20, Cas read two stories to preschool children at Brandon's Place learning center, located at the Lincoln Center in Tallahassee. Cas read Goodnight Moon and a Disney Frozen-themed story to a combined group of about ten children, along with their teachers. This was Casanova's sixth consecutive annual appearance at Brandon's Place as part of Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend's "Thanks for Reading" event, featuring community members and leaders reading books to children at their daycare and learning centers located in several local counties.
- Friday, Nov. 22, wrapped up Cas's commutes for the week by traveling to Killearn Lakes Elementary in Leon County for the school's annual weather balloon launch. The event featured the school population meeting outside to witness the release of a large-scale balloon, similar to those used in upper-air meteorological observation, to demonstrate with attached tracking equipment and cameras just how high the balloon can travel, and where the equipment platform might end up once it descends toward the Earth's surface. The activity concluded with a brief presentation from Casanova explaining the purpose of weather balloons and the devices they carry to measure atmospheric conditions.
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