July and August 2017 Weather Camps!

Weather camp #3 starts next week and I’m looking forward to the chance to share about weather with students! One of my favorite experiments in this hot weather is looking at the temperature of various objects outside with a hand held infrared temperature gauge.  It’s surprising to find out just how hot things can be in July!

My tornado machine will be ready to go and we’ll talk about the real facts behind our storms here in South Dakota.  We’ll also look at how hail forms, study our clouds, and even learn how the types of clouds can give us clues about the weather forecast!

I still have openings for Camp #4 and #5 this month, just email your student’s name and age to karstensclasses@gmail.com to sign up!

Also, I’ll be going to Beresford for a 3-day camp in August.

More information on all the 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:

Camp 1, Ages 7-10, June 5th-June 8th from 2-4pm (completed)

Camp 2, Ages 10+, June 26th-June 29th from 2-4pm (completed)

Camp 3, Ages 7-10, July 10th-13th from 2-4pm (due to scheduling conflicts, a few students will not be able to attend, so we do have a couple of openings left for this class, please email us to check availability).

Camp 4, Ages 10+, July 17th-20th from 2-4pm

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

COST FOR CAMPS 1 – 5: $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 CAMPS 1 – 5: Faith Fellowship Baptist Church Sioux Falls, 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+

If you have any questions, you can always send me a note.  My email is karstensclasses@gmail.com for more information!

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

 

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Summer 2017 Camp Updates/New Camp Added!

Camp 3 is now full, but we have added an additional camp for ages 7 – 10 at the end of July, please see below.

June Camp Update:

We had a fun first week of weather camp in June, and I’m looking forward to our next camp that will be held Monday – Thursday, June 26th – 29th from 2 – 4 p.m. for ages 10+! I still have a few openings for that camp, please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com if you are interested!

July Camp Updates:

Camp 3, Ages 7-10, July 10th-13th from 2-4pm: This camp is now full. We will be opening a second July camp for 7 – 10 year olds, which will be held July 24th – 27th.

Camp 4, Ages 10+, July 17th – 20th from 2 -4 p.m. This camp has several opening still available.

Camp 5: Ages 7 – 10, July 24th – 27th, from 2 – 4 p.m. This camp just opened, please email us to register!

Classes will be held at Faith Baptist in Sioux Falls. The cost is $40 for the first child, $35 for additional siblings from the same family. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. More camp information below!

To register for any of the above camps, or if you have any questions, please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com

We are also planning to hold a camp in Beresford in August, and are working on finalizing those details.

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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: Camp 1, Ages 7-10, June 5th-June 8th from 2-4pm

Camp 2, Ages 10+, June 26th-June 29th from 2-4pm

Camp 3, Ages 7-10, July 10th-13th from 2-4pm

Camp 4, Ages 10+, July 17th-20th from 2-4pm

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: Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 57th & Minnesota

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.

Update on Summer Camps!

Update on June 5th-8th Camp!

There’s still time to sign up for a my first weather camp workshop (June 5th – 8th) of the summer! This camp is for approx. ages 7 – 10. Other camps with openings still available are June 26th-29th (ages 10+), July 10th-13th (ages 7 – 10), and July 17th – 20th (ages 10+).
As I prepare the topics for next week, I am always reminded how much meteorology combines unique areas of science into something we experience every day.

Here are some topics I will be covering each day:
Day 1:
Atmosphere 101
How warm and cold air interact….the real story!
Why is the sky blue and sunsets are red?
What are weather balloons?  Yes…we use them everyday!
Want to be a TV forecaster? A behind the scenes look at what it takes to deliver the daily weather forecast.
Day 2:
Tornadoes and Severe Weather
We’ll put a homemade tornado machine to good use…
Do you know your clouds??  We’ll play a game and have fun learning the types of clouds and what they do.  There’s even a little Latin involved…but not too hard!
Have you ever seen the world’s largest hail stone?  I’ll bring a cast of it to class!
Day 3:
Technology Day
Doppler Radar 101… we’ll draw our own doppler maps, learn a little history, find out how we use television doppler radar today, and what’s coming in the future!
Science of rain drops…
New from space… a satellite named GOES-R is changing our understanding of the weather.  I’ll have a fun look into how it works!
Day 4:
Lightning and Floods…
We’ll discover what causes thunder and lightning.  We’ll make some lightning ourselves too!
Summer weather safety 101…I’ll talk about everything we need to know to stay safe.  From severe weather to the dangers of sunburn, we’ll cover the topics and questions that come up this time of year!
I have trivia questions ready to go for each day too…so bring your thinking caps! Since this is a weather camp, we will be going outside each day.  As always, parents are welcome to stay if they would like to.  Let me know if you have any questions!
Cost: $40 first student, $35 additional students from same family.
Where: Faith Baptist Church, Sioux Falls
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.

Summer 2017 Weather Camps

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: Camp 1, Ages 7-10, June 5th-June 8th from 2-4pm

Camp 2, Ages 10+, June 26th-June 29th from 2-4pm

Camp 3, Ages 7-10, July 10th-13th from 2-4pm

Camp 4, Ages 10+, July 17th-20th from 2-4pm

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: Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 57th & Minnesota

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.

Update on May Classes

We’re looking forward to starting weather classes this Thursday! We have closed the 3:00 – 4:00 class. We have plenty of openings in the 4:30 – 5:30 class (approx. ages 7 – 10) , and a few spots left in the 10+ class running from 6:00 – 7:15. Please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com to sign up! Thanks!

May 2017 Classes: 4 Week Session

May is just around the corner and so is severe weather season. If your student is interested in tornadoes and learning about the latest science happening, you can sign up for the new 4 session series on tornadoes starting May 11th.
We have 1 week left with my current weather class and it has been another fun series. We’ve learned all about exciting spring weather, including the “real” shape of rain drops, the difference between negative and positively charged lightning, and we looked at a casting of the world’s largest hail stone which fell right here in South Dakota nearly 7 years ago!


There’s so much in weather science to explore, and I will be offering a 4-week session on tornadoes in May. If you have a student that is scared of storms at times (that was me growing up), I try to really approach the class with good information so we can understand how to stay safe and informed during storms.

I’ll be sharing new research from my brother, Dr. Chris Karstens, about what is being done at the National Severe Storms Laboratory to help predict future storms with better accuracy. We will walk through how to build a model tornado with some pretty simple things at home, and will be doing a couple of map exercises to show how important geography is to weather, especially in big weather events. I also have some interesting new statistics on tornado trends around Sioux Falls that I would like to share.

We’ll be filling out weather journals again as well to study how our day to day weather changes over the 4 sessions.

COST: $30 per student, $25 for additional students from the same family.
WHERE: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 57th and Minnesota.
WHEN: Thursday afternoons, May 11th, 18th, 25th, and June 1st .
CLASS TIME OPTIONS: 7-10 year old session 3pm-4pm
7-10 year old session 4:30pm-5:30pm
10+ year old session at 6pm-7:15pm.

To register, please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com, and let us know the student’s name, age, and which class you’d like to register for. Payment can be made through PayPal, also to that email address, karstensclasses@gmail.com or by check on the first day of class.

Hope to see you there!

May 2017 Tornado Classes

May is just around the corner and so is severe weather season. If your student is interested in tornadoes and learning about the latest science happening, you can sign up for the new 4 session series on tornadoes starting May 11th. The technology to track tornadoes is changing and improving once again this year and I happen to know an expert down at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK….my brother! Dr. Chris Karstens is developing new technologies that will impact how tornado watches and warnings are delivered to the public. He works with the world’s leading tornado researchers, so I’m always excited to learn some new things from him myself!

I also have new tools and new radar technology here at KELOLAND that will be equipped to give us details about tornadoes locally. That research project could deliver some interesting things in May! Also, we’ll dig into the science behind what makes tornadoes tick and cover safety tips that are always important to remember.

We’ll fill out weather journals again as well to study how our day to day weather changes over the 4 sessions.

COST: $30 per student, $25 for additional students from the same family.
WHERE: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 57th and Minnesota.
WHEN: Thursday afternoons, May 11th, 18th, 25th, and June 1st .
CLASS TIME OPTIONS: 7-10 year old session 3pm-4pm
7-10 year old session 4:30pm-5:30pm
10+ year old session at 6pm-7:15pm.

To register, please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com, and let us know the student’s name, age, and which class you’d like to register for. Payment can be made through PayPal, also to that email address, karstensclasses@gmail.com or by check on the first day of class.

Hope to see you there!

May 2017 Weather Classes

May is just around the corner and so is severe weather season. If your student is interested in tornadoes and learning about the latest science happening, you can sign up for the new 4 session series on tornadoes starting May 11th. The technology to track tornadoes is changing and improving once again this year and I happen to know an expert down at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK….my brother! Dr. Chris Karstens is developing new technologies that will impact how tornado watches and warnings are delivered to the public. He works with the world’s leading tornado researchers, so I’m always excited to learn some new things from him myself!

I also have new tools and new radar technology here at KELOLAND that will be equipped to give us details about tornadoes locally. That research project could deliver some interesting things in May! Also, we’ll dig into the science behind what makes tornadoes tick and cover safety tips that are always important to remember.

We’ll fill out weather journals again as well to study how our day to day weather changes over the 4 sessions.

COST: $30 per student, $25 for additional students from the same family.
WHERE: Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, 57th and Minnesota.
WHEN: Thursday afternoons, May 11th, 18th, 25th, and June 1st .
CLASS TIME OPTIONS: 7-10 year old session 3pm-4pm
7-10 year old session 4:30pm-5:30pm
10+ year old session at 6pm-7:15pm.

To register, please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com, and let us know the student’s name, age, and which class you’d like to register for. Payment can be made through PayPal, also to that email address, karstensclasses@gmail.com or by check on the first day of class.

Hope to see you there!

Tornado Classes Begin Thursday, May 19th!

We are almost ready to launch the next four week series of weather science classes on tornadoes! Classes begin this Thursday, May 19th. This 4 week series will include valuable information about a topic that is interesting for most students, but can also be a sensitive topic since they can be scary for some children.  I totally understand that and had a fear of tornadoes myself growing up.  However, the more I learned about tornadoes, the less fearful I became, and I hope these classes will be a good way to learn more about severe weather.
The Thursday 4 – 5 p.m. class is almost full, but all the rest have plenty of openings, so please feel free to register up to the day of classes.
Topics this session will include a background on defining tornadoes and developing a good understanding of how they form.  I’ll also share how we track tornadoes with LIVE doppler radar to keep the public informed about these severe weather threats.
We’ll also have a session on tornado history, including a look back at Tornado Tuesday in South Dakota from 2003.  I witnessed a number of tornadoes that day, including the EF-4 tornado that struck Manchester, SD.
I’m also planning to talk about some of the latest tornado research and we’ll review tornado safety and discuss some interesting tornado myths.
Because my job at KELOLAND TV requires me to be on call for severe weather, we will have to reschedule classes if I am called in to work before or during classes. Right now we are looking at June 23rd as a backup date for the Thursday classes at Faith Fellowship in Sioux Falls, and June 24th as a back up date for the Friday classes at the Pizza Ranch in Lennox.
The fee for classes is $30 for the first student in a family and $25 each for additional students from the same family. The fee covers one class per week for the four week session.
Classes will be held at Faith Baptist on Thursdays. There are two classes for the 7 – 10 age range, one from 4 – 5 p.m.  (this class is almost full, all the rest have plenty of spots still open), and a class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The 7:00 –  8:15 p.m. class is for ages 10 & up.
Classes on Fridays are held at the Pizza Ranch in Lennox. There are two classes available, the 7 – 10 year old class will be held from 1:30  – 2:30 p.m, and the class for ages 10 & up will be held from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m.
You know your children best, please use the ages listed just as a guideline. Some younger children may be ready for classes, and you can sure have multiple siblings in the same class, even if one may be a little older or younger than the ages for that class. Just let us know what works best for your family! Parents are more than welcome to attend with their children!
TO REGISTER: Please email us at karstensclasses@gmail.com to register, or any time with any questions. Thanks!!

Tornado Weather Session Begins May 19th!

If I had to pick one area of meteorology that generates the most interest and questions…it would be the subject of tornadoes.  Each year, we have storms that threaten tornadoes, but why do they only sometimes produce tornadoes?  I’ll be answering this question and others in my next weather workshop on tornadoes.

My brother, Dr. Chris Karstens, is a researcher at the severe storms lab in Norman, OK and is an expert in the latest science on tornadoes.  I’m looking forward to sharing some of the interesting thoughts he has, plus we’ll dig into some local tornado facts and history for the Sioux Falls area.  Sign up today…classes begin May 19th!

The class fee is $30 per student, with additional students from the same family $25 each. The fee covers one class per week for the four week session.

Tornado Session Class Location/Dates/Times:

Sioux Falls Classes:

Thursday afternoon/evenings: May 19th, May 26th, June 2nd and June 9th:

Classes will be held at Faith Baptist in Sioux Falls.

4:00 – 5:00 for ages 7 to 10.

5:30 to 6:30 for ages 7 to 10.

7:00 to 8:15 for ages 10 & up.

Lennox Classes:

Fridays: May 20th, May 27th, June 3rd and June 10th:

Classes will be held at the Lennox Pizza Ranch.

1:30 – 2:30 for ages 7 to 10.

2:45 – 4:00 for ages 10 & up.

To register, please email your registration information including your children’s names and your contact information (include cell phone and email address) to karstensclasses@gmail.com. Payment may be made by check on the first class day, or paid by PayPal (if interested in payment by PayPal, please email the above email address and we can get instructions to you). Feel free to email with any questions also! Thank you!