A local celebrity made a visit to W.D. Williams Elementary before spring break to discuss weather. First grade students learned first hand about weather from WLOS Chief Meteorologist Jason Boyer. This was also the first in-person visit back to Buncombe County Schools for Mr. Boyer since the pandemic.
“It’s wonderful to be back in person to see the students,” said Mr. Boyer. “I think science is immensely important for their age group. Science has always been important to me, so having the chance to visit schools means a lot.”
Mr. Boyer didn’t begin to really love science until a special teacher taught in ways he had not yet seen. By visiting schools he hopes he will have an impact on a child’s life.
“As teachers and adults we have the opportunity to move students into a direction that they may not otherwise consider,” Mr. Boyer explained. “There very well could be a future scientist or meteorologist walking the hall of W.D. Williams. When I was in fifth-grade I had a teacher that taught science, and made it entertaining. Having the love of science from then on caused me to become who I am today.”
Students gained a better understanding of how Mr. Boyer does his job of predicting the weather. The entire time students listened intently to everything he said.
“Mr. Boyer brought in several gadgets that he uses on a daily basis at his job,” said first-grade teacher Emma Buchanan. “The visuals were great for the students as they were able to see what they’ve been learning both in class and from the presentation. He gave a great description of how weather affects us.”
Since the visit, students have applied what they’ve learned from Mr. Boyer, and used that knowledge in their daily lives. They think more about the weather, and how it affects their activities. Who knows, maybe the next chief meteorologist is walking the halls of a Buncombe County School.
“Prior to Mr. Boyer’s visit we made windchimes as part of our study about wind,” said Ms. Buchanan. “I had parents tell me that their child told them they couldn’t leave the windchime outside because Jason Boyer said it was supposed to storm. I love that they are able to see that the things we learn about in school can lead them to exciting careers when they grow up.”