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Building on the success of NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s popular Weather Kids(Niños del Tiempo) classroom-based weather education program, both stations have joined with presenting sponsor Raymour & Flanigan to announce the “Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards,” recognizing top elementary and secondary science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M) teachers across the region.
“Celebrating the accomplishments of great teachers and cultivating life-long interest in the sciences are important community priorities for WNBC. This is why we are expanding our popular Weather Kids education program to recognize the achievements of S.T.E.M teachers, both inside and outside of the classroom. We are excited to take our Weather Kids program to the next level and look forward to awarding our new ‘Star Teachers’ this May,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
The new “Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards” continues NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s focus on S.T.E.M. proficiency and cultivating a new generation of leaders in and out of the classroom. It also reflects an expansion of both station’s successful Weather Kids classroom program, which augments existing science and technology instruction for students in grades 3 through 5, while delivering a “real world” look at weather forecasting led by NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 meteorologists and weather experts. To date, weather experts from both stations made 31 separate visits across the region, visiting classrooms and museums in 12 Tri-State counties. More than 2,000 students have participated in the program during this time.
“At Telemundo 47, our award-winning LaAutoridad en El Tiempo weather team knows that severe weather impacts all of us, regardless of where we live and what language we speak. They are passionate about keeping viewers safe and informed, and are deeply committed to our local students, their teachers and their schools. We are excited to launch the next phase of our popular Niños del Tiempo program and look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of ‘Star Teachers” across the region,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
When casting their on-line nomination, individuals will have the opportunity to list the many reasons why a specific science, technology, engineering or math teachers is deserving of the honor. Three Tri-State teachers will be chosen to receive the Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards. Each will receive a visit from Storm Team 4 and La Autoridad En El Tiempo representatives this May.
In addition to commemorative plaques for the winning teacher and their school, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 will donate $1,000 to the school of each winning teacher, benefitting the learning needs of the winning teacher’s students. Thanks to the generosity of “Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards” presenting sponsor Raymour & Flanigan, a surprise gift will also be made benefitting the classroom and school of the winning teacher.
“Supporting local education and rewarding the work of hard-working teachers is at the core of Raymour & Flanigan’s company culture. Through the new Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards and the annual Supporting our Schools school supply drive, we are proud to grow our partnership with NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 and make a difference in the Tri-State communities we live, work and raise our families,” said Elisabeth Dwyer, Director of Media and Special Events for Raymour & Flanigan.
The weather experts at NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 utilize the latest, most advanced weather technology to keep the Tri-State experts safe and informed. This includes Storm Tracker 4 / Tele Doppler 47 con tecnología S band, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast. Powered by one million watts of the latest, most cutting-edge technology, StormTracker 4 features a range of 50,000 square miles and can track the storm directly from ground level, providing greater insight on water droplets, hail, sleet, and approaching snow.
StormTracker 4 reflects the deepest, most advanced and most comprehensive lineup of weather technology available to any station within the Tri-State region, which also includes StormRanger 4 / CazaTormentas, a new and first-of-its-kind mobile Doppler weather radar truck and StormChaser 4 / BuscaTormentas, a military spec sports utility vehicle which can travel directly into the storm. To help viewers who are on the go, the station’s meteorologists and weather anchors report their local weather forecasts on the station’s popular digital platforms, which feature an enhanced weather experience and up-to-the-minute severe weather push alerts that viewers can access via station’s mobile app.