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September 19, 2017

Sue van den Heever will discuss drones at Teen Science Café

Prof. Sue van den Heever will present the first Teen Science Café of the academic year Wednesday, Sept. 20. She will discuss her drone research in her talk, “Through the Eye of the Drone: Chasing Severe Storms.”

The Front Range Teen Science Café is part of a larger national network of science cafés for teens. ESMEI’S Teen Science Café brings scientists and teens together for a conversation about science in a local coffee shop, Everyday Joe’s Coffee House. A primary goal of the café is for teens to increase their understanding of the nature of science and to develop a realistic perception of scientists and the lives they lead — which they sometimes do not get in school.

When: 5-7 p.m., with presentation starting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20
Where: Everyday Joe’s Coffee House
Presenter: CSU Department of Atmospheric Science Prof. Sue van den Heever

Severe storms produce life-threatening weather including lightning, heavy rainfall, large hail and tornadoes, and yet they still are very difficult to accurately predict. The numerical models we use to predict severe storms have improved significantly over the last 10 to 15 years, but still have limitations. In order to increase our understanding of thunderstorms and therefore improve our weather prediction models, we need to make better observations of severe storms. In this talk, our scientific approaches to increasing our knowledge and ability to predict severe storms, including the ways in which we use computer simulations and make measurements by flying drones and instrumented balloons through severe storms, will be discussed. Computer animations and drone video footage of severe storms also will be presented.

RSVP to the Sept. 20 Teen Science Café here.

Upcoming Teen Science Café dates: Oct. 11, Nov. 8

Sept. 20 Teen Science Café flier