Upcoming Workshops/Classes * Spring 2018

We have two upcoming classes! The first will be a one time gardening workshop on Tuesday, April 24th, and the other will be a four week series on extreme weather held on Thursdays beginning April 26th. Information on both can be found below!

GARDENING WORKSHOP * APRIL 24th, 2018

Anyone ready for spring?  Well, this workshop is full of 2 things I enjoy talking about,  gardening and weather.  “Weather & Gardening in South Dakota” will be a 1 hour workshop that will combine basic growing tips with helpful knowledge of weather patterns in our local area that focus on the challenges we face in the northern plains!

Encouraging kids to embrace a love of gardening has so many benefits.  Get ready for the growing season and join me for a fun hour of learning!
WHAT:  Weather and Gardening Workshop
WHERE:  Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 57th and Minnesota
WHEN:  Tuesday April 24th
CLASSES:  Ages 6-9 4pm-5pm
                   Ages 10+  5:15pm-6:15pm
*Parents not required to attend, but are welcome!
COST:   $15 (includes supply fee)
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR GARDENING CLASS:  Sunday, April 22nd
TO REGISTER: Please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com with your student’s name, which class session they would like to register for, and a good contact number for you (in case of emergency or if a class would need to be rescheduled).
Payment can be made the first day of class, or by PayPal, to karstensclasses@gmail.com.

EXTREME WEATHER 4 WEEK SERIES * Thursdays, April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, & 17th

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  Wednesday, April 25th

Spring is a time of extreme weather in in the northern plains.  I think it’s safe to say we’ll have some more swings in the weather, so this next  4 week series will focus on extreme weather.  I will be focusing on many forms of severe weather including tornadoes, floods, hail, and lightning.  I am also providing weather journals for this workshop to encourage the study of our weather during the class.  This will be interesting educational opportunity and real time weather events will be discussed! Whether you’ve taken my classes before or are new, there will be plenty to learn!

WHAT:  Extreme Weather Workshop
WHERE:  Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 57th and Minnesota
WHEN:  Thursdays, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, and May 17th
TIME:   Ages 6-9 4pm-5pm
            Ages 10+ 5:15pm-6:15pm
Parents are not required to come, but are welcome!
COST:  $30
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR EXTREME WEATHER 4 WEEK SERIES: APRIL 25TH
TO REGISTER: Please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com with your student’s name, which class session they would like to register for, and a good contact number for you (in case of emergency or if a class would need to be rescheduled).
Payment can be made the first day of class, or by PayPal, to karstensclasses@gmail.com.
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Winter 2018 Weather Workshops January 25th or 26th & February 1st or 2nd

Winter can be a challenging season and the past few week have been extremely cold at times! Over New Year’s Day weekend we spent 84 consecutive hours at or below zero. It’s only the second time we’ve seen that in 20 years! As we get ready for the last surge of winter cold and snow, I’m going to offer 2 winter workshops. There are two date options for each workshop. Date options for workshop #1 are Thursday, January 24th or Friday, January 25th and Workshop #2 options are Thursday, February 1st or Friday, February 2nd. If you attended my October classes, there will be a mix of both some review material from October and also new content, Maybe we’ll even have snow on the ground this time!

You can sign up for one or both of the workshops. The cost for each workshop is $10 per student. More details on class dates and times are listed below. And of course, as we’ll be learning about in class, we may experience some winter weather on these class dates! If we need to cancel any classes, the make up dates will be February 8th and 9th.

WINTER WORKSHOP #1: We’ll discuss why it gets SO cold here and if the weather allows, we’ll try some fun experiments with the cold! We’ll take a look at some of our region’s most significant historical winter weather events, and new since October, we’ll explore more about the meteorology behind these winter storms, including the Children’s Blizzard of 1888.

WORKSHOP #1 OPTIONS:

WHEN: Thursday, January 25th
Session 1: Ages 7-10, from 4:00 – 5:15pm
Session 2: Ages 10+, from 5:30 – 6:45pm

OR

Friday, January 26th
Session 1: Ages 7-10, from 1:30 – 2:45pm
Session 2: Ages 10+, from 3:00 – 4:15pm

WINTER WORKSHOP #2: First,we can’t have a weather class around Ground Hog’s Day without talking about Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast! I’ll add my thoughts to whether or not we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter. 🙂We’ll talk about the challenges of forecasting snow and mixed precipitation, including the big ice storm from April 2013. We’ll also look at the beauty of winter and the ice crystal formations that can transform the landscape into a winter wonderland!

WORKSHOP #2 OPTIONS:

WHEN: Thursday, February 1st
Session 1: Ages 7-10, from 4:00 – 5:15pm
Session 2: Ages 10+, from 5:30 – 6:45pm

OR

Friday, February 2nd
Session 1: Ages 7-10, from 1:30 – 2:45pm
Session 2: Ages 10+, from 3:00 – 4:15pm

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

COST: $10 per workshop. Payment can be made via check or Paypal.

LOCATION: Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 57th and Minnesota

TO SIGN UP: Please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com with your student’s name, age, which workshops you would like to enroll your child in, and your phone number. Parents are not required to attend, but are welcome to come to class with their children!

November 1 Day Winter Weather Workshops

Before winter arrives, I have an opportunity for those interested in a 1 day winter workshop! Winter weather offers a much different set of topics to explore that impact us all…sometimes more than we’d like!

I’ll be talking about winter storms of the past, including a video montage that will take us down memory lane and add a perspective of winter extremes for the Sioux Falls area.

Discover the wonder and beauty of snow crystals, how snow storms are formed, and why snow predictions are difficult.

We’ll also look at how freezing rain and sleet form by looking back at the Sioux Falls ice storm in 2013.  I also will include winter safety tips and why we need to pay attention to cold weather dangers!

This one day workshop will be a condensed version of the winter weather topics we’ve been learning about throughout our October classes.

WHEN:   Workshop Options:

Thursday, November 2nd

Session 1: Ages 7-10 from 4:00 – 5:30pm and Session 2:  Ages 10+ from 6:00 – 7:30pm

-OR-

Friday, November 3rd

Session 1: Ages 7-10 from 1:00 – 2:30pm and Session 2: Ages 10+ from 3:00 – 4:30pm

COST:   $12.  Payment can be made via check or paypal.

LOCATION:  Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 57th & Minnesota

TO SIGN UP: Please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com with your student’s name, age, and which workshop you would like to enroll in. Parents are not required to attend, but are welcome to come with their children!

October Weather Science Classes Begin October 5th, 2017!

Winter will be here sooner than we think! I know a lot of children are looking forward to winter weather, so here’s a great chance to learn about winter before it arrives. This new class series starts October 5th and will include 4 sessions: October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.

Week 1- Sioux Falls winter climate 101 and why we get such extreme weather! We’ll dig through the record, discover the big weather makers here, and find out what a harsh winter looks like. I also have some winter trivia fun facts for SD!

Week 2- Snow! How does it form and what ingredients are needed for a good snow storm in Sioux Falls? Is it true no two snowflakes are alike? What is thunder snow? Find out!

Week 3- Ice and Sleet. Remember the big ice storm from April of 2013? We’ll look back at that event and discover how the recipe for freezing rain is more complicated than meets the eye!

Week 4- Winter weather can be dangerous. We’ll look at ways to stay safe during the severe winter cold and the hazards meteorologists track. Plus, a winter forecast for this season and why predicting winter weather can be so challenging!

WHERE: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 57th and Minnesota.
WHEN: Thursday afternoons, October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.
CLASS TIME OPTIONS: 7-10 year old session 4pm-5pm

10+ year old session 5:30pm-6:30pm
COST: $30 per student, $25 for additional students from the same family.
REGISTER TODAY…email karstensclasses@gmail.com with your student’s name, age, which session you’d like to register them for, and a good contact phone number for you.

Parents aren’t required to attend class, but are welcome to come with their students!

 

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Hurricane Harvey Class Friday, September 8th

Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to strike the mainland of the United States in many years.  In response to the situation, I wanted to offer a special class to talk about the storm: how it formed, why the flooding was so bad, and what meteorologists will be studying to learn from this event.

The class will be held free of charge, we would ask that you consider a suggested donation of $10 per student to a charity of your choice to support relief efforts associated with Hurricane Harvey.

Some charities helping those in the Houston area are the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and smaller organizations in Texas that need donations, such as the Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, Houston SPCA, or San Antonio Humane Society. For links to these organizations you can visit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sleasca/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-donation-charity-scams/#46bbec6771dc.

WHERE: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 57th and Minnesota.

WHEN: Friday, September 8th

CLASS TIME OPTIONS:

7-10 year old session 4pm-5pm

10+ year old session 5:30pm-6:30pm

To register, email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com. Please include the name and age of the student(s) you would like to register, which session you are registering for, and a good contact phone number for you.

If these classes fill, we may add additional classes, possibly earlier in the day Friday, September 8th, or sometime the following week.

New Four Week Science/Weather Classes Begin September 7th!

A new learning opportunity for students starts September 7th…timely and interesting subjects on meteorology and earth sciences! Here’s a look at the next 4-week series.

Week 1 – Hurricanes…Harvey is in the news now and September could be active as well. I get asked about this subject often, so this will be a good opportunity to learn more about these storms. You’ll learn about the hurricane hunters and what they do. I’ll also show how modern day technology is helping save lives.

Week 2 – Volcanoes…yes, they can have a big impact on weather patterns. This will be an interesting talk about what they’ve done in the past and how our future weather could be affected by eruptions a half a world away!

Week 3 – Fall weather 101…interesting facts about autumn weather in Sioux Falls. I’ll also cover the reasons behind the season change and what weather patterns to expect.

Week 4 – Weather and super computers…a fascinating look at how weather data is collected and why some of the biggest computers on earth are needed to make a weather forecast!

I usually allow some time to talk about the current weather patterns and forecast too!

WHERE: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 57th and Minnesota.

WHEN: Thursday afternoons, September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th .

CLASS TIME OPTIONS: 7-10 year old session 4pm-5pm

10+ year old session 5:30pm-6:30pm

COST: $30 per student, $25 for additional students from the same family.

TO REGISTER: Please email us your student’s name and age, and which session you would like to register for them, along with a good phone number to reach you in case of emergency.

Parents are not required to attend, but are welcome to come to class with their students!

Eclipse/Space Weather Class * New Class Added for Friday, August 18th!

 

The Thursday, August 17th classes are almost full, and we are opening up classes on Friday, August 18th!

Many of you are getting ready for the big solar eclipse on August 21st. To get prepared for the event, I’m going to have a special space weather class. We’ll talk about the eclipse and how it happens. The cloud cover forecast will be VERY important that day, so I’ll share some web resources that help astronomical activities! I have some other fun space weather items too…including sprites and elves! And no…these have nothing to do with Christmas or soda pop! 🙂

Details:
When: Thursday, August 17th
Class 1: Ages 7-10, 2pm- 3:30pm
Class 2: Ages 10+, 4pm-5:30pm
If these classes fill, I may offer again August 18th.
Where: Faith Fellowship Baptist, 57th and Minnesota, Sioux Falls
Cost: $10 per student.
(This class is almost full, but a new class has been added for Friday, August 18th).

OR:

NEW DATE OPTION:
1 Day Class: Friday, August 18th, 2017
Class 1: Ages 7-10, 2pm- 3:30pm
Class 2: Ages 10+, 4pm-5:30pm
Where: Faith Fellowship Baptist, 57th and Minnesota, Sioux Falls
Cost: $10 per student.

To register, please email the name and age of the child(ren) you would like to register, and which session you are interested in, to karstensclasses@gmail.com.

As always, parents are not required to come, but are welcome to attend with their children!

Lennox 2 Day Weather Camp! August 15th & 16th, 2017

Lennox 2 Day Weather Camp * August 15th & 16th 2017

Looking for a fun science camp this summer? We will have an opportunity for your student to learn about a variety of weather topics, including flooding, thunderstorms, tornadoes and more! Plus, we’ll explore these topics in depth with hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Your student will be able to ask questions and dive deeper into a science we experience every day. Here are a few of the topics we’ll cover.

-Learn to draw your own weather map

-Science of rain drops

-What causes thunder?

-Explore ways to measure air pressure

-Make our own tornado

-Closer look at how doppler radar works

WHEN:

Tuesday August 15th and Wednesday, August 16th

Session 1, Ages 7 – 10, 1:30 – 3:00

Session 2, Ages 10+, 3:30 – 5:00

WHERE: Lennox Pizza Ranch, 112 E. 1st Ave., Lennox SD

Cost: $20 per student

TO REGISTER: Please email your student(s) name and age, and which session you would like to register for, to karstensclasses@gmail.com.

Payment is not due until the first day of class, and may be made by check the first day, or via PayPal anytime, to karstensclasses@gmail.com.

Parents are not required to come to class, but are welcome to attend with their students!

1 Day Space Weather Class * August 17th

A new 1 day class announcement…and this one is out of this world! 🙂
Many of you are getting ready for the big solar eclipse on August 21st. While Sioux Falls won’t have a total eclipse…it will be the closest we’ll see in years!
To get prepared for the event, I’m going to have a one day special space weather class. We’ll talk about the eclipse and how it happens. The cloud cover forecast will be VERY important that day, so I’ll share some web resources that help astronomical activities! I have some other fun space weather items too…including sprites and elves! And no…these have nothing to do with Christmas or soda pop!
Details:
When: Thursday, August 17th
Class 1: Ages 7-10, 2pm- 3:30pm
Class 2: Ages 10+, 4pm-5:30pm
If these classes fill, I may offer again August 18th.
Where: Faith Fellowship Baptist, 57th and Minnesota.
Cost: $10 per student.
To register, please email the name of the student(s) you’d like to sign up, their ages, and which session you are registering for, to karstensclasses@gmail.com. As always, parents are not required to come, but are welcome to attend with their children!

Camp Update: July 24th – 27th

We have five openings left for the last summer camp this year in Sioux falls! This camp is for ages 7 – 10, and will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday next week, July 24th – 27th at Faith Baptist in Sioux Falls. The cost is $40 for the first student, $35 for additional students from the same family. Please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com to sign up, and please share if you know anyone who may be interested!

There are also a few openings for each of the Beresford sessions, which will be held Monday through Wednesday, August 7th – 9th.
More information about both camps below!

Looking for a fun science camp this summer? We will have an opportunity for your student to learn about a variety of weather topics, including flooding, thunderstorms, tornadoes and more! Plus, we’ll explore these topics in depth with hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Your student will be able to ask questions and dive deeper into a science we experience every day. Here are a few of the topics we’ll cover.

-Learn to draw your own weather map

-Science of rain drops

-What causes thunder?

-Explore ways to measure air pressure

-Make our own tornado

-Closer look at how doppler radar works

WHEN:

Remaining Summer 2017 Camps:

Camp 5, Ages 7-10, July 24th – 27th, from 2-4 pm

COST: $40 per student, $35 for additional students from same family. Parents (or grandparents) are not required to stay, but are certainly welcome to stay for class, whatever works best for your child and family!

LOCATION FOR CAMP 5: Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 57th & Minnesota

NEW LOCATION/DATE: Beresford 3 Day Camp, August 7th – 9th.

WHERE:  Set Free Church in Downtown Beresford.

COST:  $30 per student, $25 per additional student in same family.

WHEN:  August 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Session #1:  2pm-3:30pm Ages 7-10

Session#2:   4pm-5:30pm Ages 10+

To sign up for camps, email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com with your student’s name, age, and which camp you would like to register for.