Meteorologists forecast bright futures for CFISD students

December 16, 2016

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ABC 13 meteorologist David Tillman assists fifth-grade students in plotting out a seven-day forecast during his visit to Lieder Elementary School on Dec. 6.

Dec. 16, 2016—Two Houston-area meteorologists recently visited CFISD campuses to discuss weather and STEM careers with elementary and middle school students.

ABC Channel 13 meteorologist David Tillman visited fifth-grade students at Lieder Elementary School on Dec. 6 to kick off their science unit. Tillman guided students as they created their own seven-day forecasts, which they compared to the actual forecast predicted by the station.

The students showed particular interest in the tornado videos and storm safety discussion, asking questions and discovering the math, science and communication skills necessary in meteorology.

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David Tillman, ABC 13 meteorologist, speaks to fifth-grade students at Lieder Elementary School on Dec. 6.

“The students learned a lot and enjoyed Mr. Tillman’s presentation. They were very excited and eager to learn more about weather in their upcoming unit,” said Dr. Karen Stockton, principal.

The school plans to invite Tillman again next year to speak with students.

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Retired KHOU meteorologist Mario Gomez addresses Hamilton Middle School students about potential STEM careers during his Dec. 15 visit to the campus.

Hamilton Middle School welcomed retired KHOU Channel 11 meteorologist Mario Gomez, a 32-year industry veteran, on Dec. 15.

Gomez spoke to eighth-grade students, hoping to inspire them to choose STEM careers by sharing his inspirational journey into the profession and the future it holds.

Gomez’s topics included how he got where he is today, what the day in the life of a meteorologist looks like, how to be prepared for catastrophic weather events and additional careers within meteorology.

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Eighth-grade students at Hamilton Middle School enjoyed their Dec. 15 visit from Mario Gomez, a 32-year veteran meteorologist who recently retired from KHOU. 

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