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Posted on January 22, 2016

Feb. 5
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (for school groups)
6 p.m.-10 p.m. (for adults 21 and older)

Feb. 6
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh

Nearly 100 students from California University of Pennsylvania will take part in presenting StormFest, Feb. 5-6 at the Carnegie Science Center, in Pittsburgh.

StormFest is a family friendly, educational event that explores geology, geography, meteorology and more. The 2016 event is hosted in part by the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Meteorological Society (Cal U Meteorology Club) and the Department of Earth Sciences, in collaboration with the science center.

Cal U students from the geology, geographic information systems and parks and recreation programs have designed more than 30 hands-on activities to teach children about the science behind weather and other natural phenomena.

Crowd favorites include “make a rock,” lava lamps, rain sticks and “glurch,” a substance with both solid and liquid properties.

Cal U students will conduct hands-on activities in the Works Theater, such as using liquid nitrogen, Tesla coils and air cannons to explain weather effects. Guests can step in front of a video “green screen” to see if they have what it takes to be a weather presenter.

StormFest details

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 5, children in grades K-6 will visit the Carnegie Science Center to take part in StormFest activities.

A  “21+ Night” for adults 21 and older will be from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 5. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

StormFest is open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 6. The event is free with paid admission to the science center.

Learn more

E-mail the StormFest chair at