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Working from home, learning from home: Experiments with Elyse

Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Elyse Smith shares experiments that families can do at home during times of social distancing.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Elyse Smith has been sharing her passion for science in a new way and from the safety of her home. 

It's called "Experiments with Elyse," a weekly Facebook series that features a science experiment or activity that can be performed at home, many using items that are already around your home. This was developed as a resource for parents and teachers in an effort to help students with the transition to learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What started as a simple Facebook Live has turned into an episodic playlist featuring videos produced, filmed and edited by Elyse. So far, Elyse has covered a range of topics from several scientific fields, including chemistry, physics, astronomy and, of course, meteorology. A few videos also feature special guests, Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Patrick Hammer and the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Buffalo Office Michael Fries. 

Below are a few of her previous science experiments and lessons. Additional episodes can be found here

Creating Instant Ice: 

Baking Soda Balloon: 

Fall Colors: 

Stargazing feat. Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Patrick Hammer:

Severe Weather Safety feat. Michael Fries:

Winter Weather Awareness Week feat. Michael Fries:

Elyse plans on continuing her weekly science experiments and activities heading into 2021 when she works from home. New videos will be published Fridays at Noon on her Facebook page

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