Grandparents University 2017

For the 13th year in a row, the Space Science and Engineering Center and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies took part in the annual Grandparents University, hosting a 2-day meteorology major. This year’s “students” learned about many different fields in the atmospheric sciences, including satellite meteorology, Antarctica research and tornado modelling. Grandparents and their grandkids also built their own anemometers and launched a weather balloon from atop the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences building.

Grandparents University is sponsored annually by the Wisconsin Alumni Association to encourage continuing education, with more than a thousand grandparents and grandchildren (ages 9-14) visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus for a variety of different “majors.”

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    The 2017 Grandparents University meteorology “graduates”

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    Homemade anemometers

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    CIMSS outreach coordinator Magaret Mooney leads the group in making their own anemometers.

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    Launching a weather balloon with Erik Olson, SSEC researcher

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    Attendees watch as the balloon soars into the sky on its nearly 20,000 foot journey through the atmosphere.