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Posted on January 21, 2015

StormFest LogoNearly 100 Cal U students will take part in presenting the eighth annual StormFest, set for Feb. 6-7 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

StormFest is a family-friendly educational event that explores geology, geography, meteorology and more. The 2015 event is presented 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 meteorology students will staff the event, along with students who are studying geology, GIS and emergency management, and parks and recreation. The Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity will lend a hand, and Cal U again has recruited volunteers from Ohio University’s meteorology club.

StormFest hours

Feb. 6:           

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Hands-on activities for school groups (grades K-6).

6-10 p.m. — “21+ Night” activities for adults, with cash bar and snacks available for purchase. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Feb. 7:

10 a.m.-5 p.m.  — Activities for the general public. Participation is free with paid admission to the science center. 

StormFest fun

Cal U students have designed more than 30 hands-on activities to illustratethe science behind weather and other natural phenomena. Some favorites:

  • Make a rock.
  • Make a weather map.
  • Make a rain stick.
  • Explore geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Create “glurch” (a substance with solid and liquid properties).

Each visitor who attends the 21+ Night or Saturday’s StormFest program will receive a free souvenir T-shirt, while supplies last, if he or she completes at least 14 activities on Friday or 18 activities on Saturday.

Learn more

E-mail the StormFest chair, Jensen Hufnagel, at

Visit the Carnegie Science Center website