project weather school

During this difficult time Spectrum News wants to help children continue to learn in a fun way. We are launching Project Weather School to help children learn about weather directly from Spectrum News meteorologists. Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. we will share an interactive weather lesson from one of our weather experts right here.

Project Weather School


Project Weather is made up of interactive educational resources to help prepare students for the future.

Students will need skills in science, technology, engineering or math for 80% of jobs in the next 10 years.

Therefore, educating kids about weather sciences is the perfect subject for the Bay News 9 Weather Experts!


Spectrum Bay News 9 is proud to present the Project Weather Scholarship Contest. A $1,000 check will be awarded to seven high school seniors in public, private or parochial schools who excel in science.

The $1,000 check will be presented at Spectrum Bay News 9.

The scholarship is granted as a part of Bay News 9's commitment to educating children about science and weather.

Applications for 2020/21 Project Weather Scholarship Contest:

2019/2020 Project Weather Scholarship Winners:

Manaj Kambara - Land O'Lakes High School, Pasco County

Hailey Maurer - Southeast High School, Manatee County

Pierson Miller - Hernando High School, Hernando County

Katie Murphy - Newsome High School, Hillsborough County

John Andrew Scharff - Lake Wales High School, Polk County

Diana Ward - Citrus High School, Citrus County

Matthew Werneken - Palm Harbor University High School, Pinellas County


Studio tours are given to organized groups on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Visitors must be at least 9 years old. Groups should have at least six people but no more than 20. To schedule a studio tour call 727-329-2300. No walk-ins.


Does your school produce a morning news program?  You can have a professional look by using one of the Spectrum Bay News 9 school news weather backgrounds provided here.

Weather maps

Project Weather Scholarship Winners
Project Weather Science Kits

Bay News 9 has been distributing science kits to the public school sixth-grade science teachers in the Bay News 9 viewing area for several years. They include:

  • Weather in the Florida Classroom book
  • Laminated hurricane tracking charts
  • Weather video
  • Weather related handouts/questions coordinating with the video and posters

Private school teachers and home-schoolers in the Bay News 9 viewing area can call 727-329-2300 to get a free kit while supplies last.


Would your class like to video conference with a meteorologist? 

Project Weather is giving students a chance to ask Bay News 9 Weather Experts questions about weather.

If your classroom has the ability to Skype, contact Bay News 9 at 727-329-2300 to schedule your Weather Wednesday. 

Sessions are on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. for 30 minutes. Students must be in the first grade or older. For children younger than first grade, we recommend the Bay News 9 Project Weather Activity Books.

Project Weather Activity Book
Pre-school books

The Project Weather Activity Books are great for preschool and elementary age children.  We developed and updated this activity book to answer common weather-related questions and turn them into fun, educational puzzles for kids. They are given out at hurricane expos and weather related events or Spectrum Bay News 9 viewers can call Spectrum Bay News 9 at 727-329-2300 to receive yours free.

The Project Weather Preschool Kit includes two short videos about the water cycle and lightning safety.  Included in the bag are the Spectrum Bay News 9 Project Weather preschool book and thunder lions.  The preschool book introduces weather words and concepts for preschool aged children (3+) and are designed for parents to work together with their children.  The kits are distributed to public libraries and preschools.  The books are given out at community events.  Libraries or preschools can call 727-329-2300 to receive a free kit or viewers can call to receive a free book while supplies last.



Bay News 9 is your resource for science-related educational materials.

These can be used by public and private school teachers and home schoolers. Even Cub Scout Leaders and Girl Scout Leaders can use the resources for badge requirements. 

Periodically check back on the Project Weather page for new information.



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Explorations V Children's Museum in Lakeland is home to a replica of a working TV news station. Complete with anchor desk, weather maps and camera, children can put on a Bay News 9 blazer and re-enact severe weather news situations.

Brought to the museum by Bay News 9, the exhibit provides hands-on learning for children and their families.

The museum is located at 109 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland.  Host your birthday party at the greatest place in town.  863-687-3869



Great Explorations Children's Museum is Tampa Bay's first children's museum supporting a safe, hands on practical learning environment. 

Bay News 9 Project Weather is at the Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg!

Kids can play with and learn about the water cycle.  Plus they can put on a Bay News 9 blazer and get in front of the chroma key wall to report the news while others watch -them on the tv monitor.  

The museum is located at 1925 Fourth Street North with plenty of free parking.  You can also book birthday parties at the museum.   Call 727-821-8992.


Bay News 9 Rain or Shine!

The Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa is a fun-filled learning adventure.  The mission of the museum is to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.

The Bay News 9 Rain or Shine exhibit does just that.  Kids can make it rain, lightning and thunder while learning about weather and the water cycle. 

The museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa.  You can also book Birthday Parties with the museum.  Hourly parking is available in the Poe Garage at Ashley and Cass Streets.  The museum can be reached at 813-443-3861.


Bay News 9 has a partnership with ARTZ 4 Life Academy in Clearwater.

Project Weather information is being supplied for the summer camp and after school programs. Kids there receive a Project Weather Activity Book and hurricane tracking charts along with a wall size tracking chart.