Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Assembly
Ron Trotta is a musical meteorologist living in NYC. He produced national weather stories for TV shows like ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer and David Muir. But more importantly, Ron is the meteorologist who works with STEM star, Schmitty The Weather Dog, a 4-pound Yorkshire terrier with a nose for the weather.
Together with NYC’s high octane children’s book author, Elly McGuire, they have created the Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Assembly – a fun and educational STEM enrichment program for elementary school students. Using literacy, music and a really cute dog, their goal is to inspire students, especially girls, to get excited about studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. They have visited more than 200 schools all across the country to rave reviews.
Team Schmitty The Weather Dog
The assembly opens with Author Elly reading her Schmitty The Weather Dog:Daydream book for the students and teachers in the audience . . .
. . . followed by a musical weather lesson with the real-live Schmitty The Weather Dog and
Meteorologist Ron . . .
. . . and ending up with a rousing chorus of the Schmitty The Weather Dog theme song . . .
Note: While earning his math/education degree at Purdue University, Ron helped put himself through school by playing sing-along piano and has the distinction of being a 3 time World Champion Ragtime Piano Player. Hence the musical thread throughout the assembly.
Schmitty The Weather Dog has been on the Ellen Show, ACCESS Hollywood and on stage with Oprah in Central Park. Not just another pretty face, being a STEM star landed Schmitty The Weather Dog on the cover of the high-profile summer issue of the Hamptons Pet magazine with an article inside – “A Nose For The Weather: Canine Celebrity Schmitty The Weather Dog brings science and fun into schools.”
New York City resident, Elly McGuire is the author of Schmitty The Weather Dog:Daydream. Illustrated by Simon Estrada, Schmitty The Weather Dog: Daydream tells the story of a four-pound pup named Schmitty who goes from day-dreaming to doing by overcoming obstacles to learn about the weather and help her struggling two-legged weatherman Dad. In the end, Schmitty shows us that no matter what your size or breed, if you study hard, you can do anything.
At the very end of the assembly, Author Elly talks about respect for animals and teaches the kids how to safely greet a dog. When possible, Schmitty The Weather Dog greets/sniffs students.
After the assembly, the teachers are given Schmitty The Weather Dog Weather Facts & Song Cards to hand out to the students for class discussion and to bring home to stimulate conversation with their families.
Click on the link below for Schmitty The Weather Dog’s blog about her fun visit to the Browning School in NYC.
Before leaving, Author Elly and Schmitty The Weather Dog get together with the top dog of the school to pose for pictures and paw-tograph a copy of their book for the school library.
Head Master Gregory O’Melia of the Buckley School in Manhattan poses with Team Schmitty The Weather Dog after their STEM Assembly.
With Principal Charles DeBerry of PS 76 in Harlem looking on – Author Elly and
Schmitty The Weather Dog paw-tograph a book for his school library.
On special occasions, Team Schmitty The Weather Dog even makes visits to students in their classroom after the assembly.
Team Schmitty The Weather Dog visits Ms Manor and her 2nd grade class after their assembly at the Farragut School in Knoxville, TN.
Team Schmtty The Weather Dog has performed their STEM enrichment program for as few as 40 students to more than 600 students in gyms and auditoriums, as well as at STEM events, across the country. The Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Assembly runs from 45 to 55 minutes.
Team Schmitty The Weather Dog Performing at the 2016 USA Science &
Engineering Festival in Washington DC.
Team Schmitty The Weather Dog rocks/barks at Girls Rock Science 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Carnegie Science Center
For more info on the Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Assembly and the Schmitty The Weather Dog: Daydream book, email us at info@SchmittyTheWeatherDog.com
Eager students answering weather questions during the Schmitty The Weather Dog
STEM Assembly at PS 76 in Harlem.
After performing her STEM assembly, Schmitty The Weather Dog poses in front
of the Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh, PA
But wait . . . there’s more! Team Schmitty The Weather Dog offers a Fundraiser for your school.
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For more info on how you can bring Schmitty The Weather Dog’s fun STEM Enrichment Program to your school please email info@SchmittyTheWeatherDog.com or call 917-855-6324.