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Posted on February 4, 2013

Fun is in the forecast at the sixth annual StormFest at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

The annual educational outreach event is hosted in part by the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Meteorological Society (Cal U Meteorology Club) and the Earth Sciences Department, in collaboration with the Science Center.

StormFest, a family friend event that explores geology, geography, meteorology and more, will be held Feb. 15-16.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 15, children in grades K-6 will take field trips to the Science Center for activities. StormFest is open to the general public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 16. Activities are free with paid admission to the Science Center.

Dozens of activities have been designed by Cal U students to teach children about the science behind weather and other natural phenomena. Crowd favorites include making rocks, lava lamps, rains sticks and “glurch,” a substance with both solid and liquid properties.

Cal U meteorology students will staff the event, along with students majoring in geology, geographic information systems, mathematics and education. Cal U also has recruited volunteers from Ohio University.

Nick “the Weather Dude” Walker, a meteorologist from The Weather Channel will be at StormFest on Feb. 16 to sign autographs and perform on the Science Center stage. Walker is the author of Sing Along with the Weather Dude, a book and CD for children, and Don’t Get Scared, Just Get Prepared, a CD of weather songs to teach severe weather preparedness.

Visitors on Feb. 16 will receive a free souvenir T-shirt if they complete at least 18 activities.