CIMMS carries out outreach and education programs to educate, engage, advise, and inform the public, teachers, and students. These efforts support NOAA’s cross-cutting priority to promote environmental literacy.

Outreach and educational activities will lead to:

  1. Public awareness of mesoscale meteorological phenomena and their potential impact on people’s lives
  2. K-12 teachers equipped with valuable ideas and resources for teaching weather and climate concepts
  3. Enlightened college interns guided by mentors through unique summer research projects
  4. Diverse, outstanding graduate students

We recently started “OU CIMMS Science Classes” to spur children’s interest in weather while giving another resource for caregivers during the current COVID-19 crisis (you can read the article here). All of our past sessions are viewable below – clicking the title will take you to that session’s respective page. We will continue to update this page as we hold more sessions, and our most recent session will always be at the top of the page. 

If you would rather view these videos on YouTube versus on our site, you can click the title of any video below or click here to go to the playlist containing all the videos. 

Putting a Spin on Things: Whirling Weather

screenshot of OU CIMMS Science virtual class lesson titled Putting a Spin on Things: Whirling Weather

Snow, Hail and Graupel: Their formation, differences and hazards!

Cooking up a Storm

Clouds in the Kitchen: How do clouds form and where does rain come from?

CIMMS researchers have received numerous awards recognizing their work. For more, visit our Awards page.