Science in the Studio
By MARIAM KHAN
Jericho High School Earth Science students recently took a tour of the News12 studio in Woodbury and learned about the broadcast reporting of meteorology.
Students took a walking tour of the studio, and their first stop was the weather station where they were introduced to meteorologist Rich Hoffman, who talked to them about weather and meteorology. He explained that it is not an easy job to produce the news for an audience. Freshman Vansh N. learned how much goes into weather reporting. “It takes time to assemble the news and how they have to stay at the studio 24/7, working,” he said.
Hoffman mentioned to the students that predicting the weather is not a simple task. “Some days you’re right, some days you’re wrong,” he said. He also mentioned that tracking and predicting hurricanes is one of the hardest tasks he encounters because weather is always changing.
After visiting the weather station, the students were taken to the editing room. Students learned that News 12 is allowed to borrow reporting footage from CNN if they do not have their own. They were then shown the graphics room, and the trip concluded with a final stop to the writing room.
Earth Science teacher Mr. Mills was pleased with the trip’s impact. He said, “We want to show students that what we learn in class is also used in the real world.” Earth Science teacher Ms. Randone added, “Direct experience is the most influential way for learning.”
Freshman Emilie W. summed up the student experience of this field trip. “It’s a good time to learn stuff and it’s fun,” she said.
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