On Tuesday, May 24th, AOML Associate Director and hurricane hunter pilot LCDR Justin Kibbey and AOML Communications staff participated in the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Day event at Marlins Park, hosted by local news station CBS4. Thousands of elementary and middle school students from across Miami-Dade and Broward were on hand as part of the fun-filled, science-focused educational field trip at the ballpark. The pre-game programming was designed to teach students the basic concepts of weather and climate and how these topics relate to living in South Florida. LCDR Kibbey discussed what it is like to fly into hurricanes and introduced the Coyote Unmanned Aerial System, a small aircraft used by NOAA to conduct research inside of a hurricane.

Photo credit: NOAA

  • The Coyote UAS on the field at Marlins Park for CBS4
  • Miami Marlins mascot Billy poses with the Coyote UAS. Image credit: NOAA
  • Students answer hurricane research-related trivia questions on the video board. Image credit: NOAA
  • LCDR Justin Kibbey with CBS4 media correspondent and the Coyote UAS. Image credit: NOAA
  • The Coyote UAS on the field at Marlins Park for CBS4
  • LCDR Justin Kibbey shares his experience of flying into hurricanes with the crowd. Image credit: NOAA
  • The Coyote UAS on the field at Marlins Park for CBS4

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  1. The Coyote UAS on the field at Marlins Park for CBS4’s S.T.E.A.M. Day. Image credit: NOAA
  2. Miami Marlins mascot Billy poses with the Coyote UAS. Image credit: NOAA
  3. Students answer hurricane research-related trivia questions on the video board. Image credit: NOAA
  4. LCDR Justin Kibbey with CBS4 media correspondent and the Coyote UAS. Image credit: NOAA
  5. The Coyote UAS on the field at Marlins Park for CBS4’s S.T.E.A.M. Day. Image credit: NOAA
  6. LCDR Justin Kibbey shares his experience of flying into hurricanes with the crowd. Image credit: NOAA
  7. The Coyote UAS on the field at Marlins Park for CBS4’s S.T.E.A.M. Day. Image credit: NOAA