Hello Students!

  Welcome from all of us here at PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE. We hope you're learning lots as well as having major fun with LIVE FROM THE STORM! This section of our site is just for you--couldn't let the teachers have their area and not have one for you, now could we?

   Just to give your mind a break, we've got a couple of games we hope you enjoy (OK, teachers, the kids will probably learn something while they're trying to beat the clock and solve the puzzles.) There's our own version of Concentration, which we call "Climate Concentration." And there's a slider puzzle that will test your visual acuity (and also help you recognize the structure of hurricanes and El Nino.)

   We think that each of you are experts about severe weather in your own region, but you might be surprised to know that most kids in Florida don't know much about tornadoes, and students in Tornado Alley haven't had much experience with hurricanes. Californians don't know Nor'Easters, and East Coasters don't see the extra rains that come from El Niño. So now's the time to rectify that as we invite you to engage in WRITING UP A STORM. We hope you'll be writing storm journals and WEATHERlogs that can be exchanged via e-mail, and even answer some questions from students across the nation, and--perhaps--around the world.

   Then we invite you to show your knowledge by coming up with answers to what we've always called "Challenge Questions", which are published weekly in our UPDATES (to which your teacher or parent may be subscribed) but which this time we're going to name "Storm Stumpers." These are brainteasers related to the content of LIVE FROM THE STORM that require you to think a little bit creatively, "out of the box," to come up with the correct answer!

   Lastly we hope you'll be doing such great work in class that your teacher will want to share it with us via the Web. We're posting something about how to submit your projects it here so you'll know to bug them to submit your best efforts, but your teacher will also find full information in the EDUCATORS section. And, yes, we certainly plan to protect your full privacy by only using first names.

   We've been having a lot of fun pulling together the video, hands-on and online content of LIVE FROM THE STORM. We're calling this the first of our CONTINUING CONSTRUCTION websites, meaning it's going to keep on growing throughout the school year. And you can help us make it better by sending us your suggestions. Don't get goofy on us with wacko ideas: we've got kids of our own that need to go sledding and get ready for baseball season. (Roll on, Spring and Summer!) But we'd love to hear form you. So have fun, learn lots, and...

Onward and Upward,

Geoff Haines-Stiles
and the LIVE FROM specials
Eileen Bendixsen
Online Moderator, LIVE FROM THE STORM