RENCI at ECU Celebrates Science at Regional Festival
RENCI at ECU Director Tom Allen and Outreach Coordinator Michelle Covi joined over 25 exhibitors and approximately 2,000 attendees of all ages at the Eastern North Carolina Science Festival on September 24. The first year event was a partnership between East Carolina University and Go-Science, a not-for-profit organizations that promotes interactive science activities. RENCI at ECU helped organize the evening event which took place at the East Carolina Heart Institute. Bright Leaf amateur radio operators demonstrated the radios installed in the RENCI ROVER.
RENCI at ECU Presents "Visualizing Hurricanes" for North Carolina Families
Outreach coordinator Michelle Covi visited the North Carolina Estuarium in Washington, North Carolina to present the program “Visualizing Hurricanes” for a group of families enjoying the end of their summer vacation. Participants learned about the techniques that climate scientists are using to predict where hurricanes will make landfall and how geographers are making high tech maps to show people what can happen to their homes. Visitors from the local area viewed storm surge visualizations at (www.nccohaz.ecu.edu/stromvis/index.html) developed by RENCI@ECU researchers and tracked storms using Stormpulse. Children used hurricane simulation exercises from NOAA and other sources to understand the conditions in which hurricanes develop. Participants viewed current hazards via NC COHAZ and searched flood zones on Google Earth. Preparedness guides, provided by the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management were available for all visitors.
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