TJC science center hosts star (and vehicle) of new ‘Tornado Alley’ film

Aug 06, 2015 by

To kick off its summer schedule, the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College played host to special guests on June 13, in conjunction with the premiere of the film “Tornado Alley,” now playing in the 40-foot domed theatre.

Sean Casey, star of Discovery Channel’s popular “Storm Chasers” series, brought his 14,000-pound Tornado Intercept Vehicle to the center for up-close viewing. Visitors met Casey and got a look at the TIV, both featured in the film, as part of an outreach campaign demonstrating how the Doppler on Wheels research tools and tornado pod findings improve the ability to predict when and where tornadoes will strike, ensuring greater safety to those in harm’s way.

Casey introduced screenings of the film throughout the day and answered questions about his research, the movie and the TIV.

“Tornado Alley” engages audiences with the innovative and important aspects of tornado research. The film’s research is intended to assist in public safety by increasing tornado-warning times and reducing the false-alarm rates.

By making science relevant, the TJC science center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region, motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology and foster lifelong learning for people of all ages.

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On Campus, Summer 2015

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