Pat loves to teach meteorology, and one of the coolest ways he’s been able to reach students all over the world is through virtual chats like Google Meet and Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom!
Years ago, Pat started Ask A Meteorologist at the National Weather Center and was able to reach schools in Oklahoma and neighboring states. Pat was then able to expand his reach by partnering with Tim Brice and Jason Laney at the El Paso National Weather Service Forecast Office and other National Weather Service Forecast Offices who were also using Google Hangouts and Skype as outreach to teach meteorology through Ask A Meteorologist and Weather Basics. Together, they have reached thousands of students in almost every state in the U.S. as well as other countries! Pat is now one of the Team Leads for the NOAA NWS National School Outreach Team. Tim Brice and the NOAA NWS National School Outreach Team recently received the National Weather Association (NWA) Special Appreciation Award for their outreach work!
Pat is also part of the Skype-A-Scientist community as well! If you’d like to set up a Google Meet or Hangout, Skype, or Zoom session, click the hyperlink above and search his name (Patrick Hyland) or by profession (meteorologist) to set up a virtual chat to have your weather questions answered! You can also email him directly to set up a session (click the email icon in the menu bar)!
Pat has also provided interactive science instruction through the CIMMS Science Class Series!
CIMMS Science Class
To see the CIMMS Science Class Cooking Up A Storm, click below!
Pat is also a certified STEM Professional with the Letters to a Pre-Scientist Program! The mission of Letters to a Pre-Scientist is to connect students with a STEM pen pal to humanize STEM professionals, demystify STEM career pathways, and inspire curiosity about a future in STEM. The Letters to a Pre-Scientist pen pal program, or LPS, pairs fifth to tenth grade student “pre-scientists” in US low-income communities with STEM professional volunteers during science class. Each student is matched with a different STEM professional; many students get paired with someone who does not fit their stereotypical image of what a scientist looks like or does at work. The pair exchange eight letters during a school year and discuss higher education, STEM careers, and overcoming obstacles.