Well-known meteorologist Justin Berk has developed a weather app with the help of his 6-year-old son.
Kid Weather is $1.99 available on iTunes and will soon be available on Android.
The former Baltimore television meteorologist with a huge social media following was brainstorming app ideas one morning last winter when his son chirped in that he had a good idea, Berk explains.
“He started talking and he had a great idea so I told him to draw it out,” Berk says. “The brilliance inside a child’s mind.”
Berk’s son told him he thought it would be cool if parents could sit down with their kids for a few minutes every night and go over the weather as they got clothes out for the next day, he says. The app gives them that chance.
Kid Weather is packed with real time weather conditions, forecasts, science and fun facts about the weather, plus it is interactive making it fun for the kids. There is math and science with S.T.E.M in mind to make parents and teachers happy as well, the Kid Weather website explains.
Features on the app include:
• An eye-catching display of the weather with a kid or animal avatar that is dressed for conditions and short term forecasts. Use your hometown or pick a new location to track.
• Change your avatar and make the animals either a boy or a girl. An interactive feature lets you change the weather on your own when it might be boring outside. Raise or lower the temperature, make it sunny, rainy, snowy, or anything in between. And see how your avatar will dress in those conditions.
• Educational: Trivia, fun facts, safety tips, and extreme weather records. Learn something new every day of the year. Topics include: Animal Weather, Clouds, Expressions, Extreme Weather, Instruments, Lightning, Nursery Rhymes and Song Lyrics, Rainbows, Sky Color, Seasons, Top US Cities for snow, US State Records, Weather Folklore, Weather Map symbols.
• Math: Includes a Fahrenheit to Celsius calculator
• Graphing: Plot basic weather conditions and keep track by week and month. A great way to introduce kids to a key element of S.T.E.M graphing
For details about the app visit the Kid Weather website.