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Churning up a Storm of Interest

Weather reporting is getting much more scientific for students at St. Thomas More as the weather station is up and running and they are busy gathering data.   

Students are always fascinated by the weather and the new weather station has the added benefit of enhancing the STEM curriculum.  Monitoring and tracking weather patterns using a live weather station gives students first hand experience with tools and helps them understand the reciprocal relationship between science and technology. It also allows them to participate in real-time data projects.

The St. Thomas More weather station continuously tracks temperatures, rainfall, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, humidity, sunrise/sunset and much more! This data is important for the success of the garden, the care of fish and plants in the Aquaponics environment, and first and foremost student safety for recess and outdoor events.

While all grade levels use hands-on STEM activities to track, journal, and graph the weather, the 4th grade class has been given the opportunity to prepare and produce a weekly podcast.  Each student records a weather fact or writes commentary they will share during the podcast.  These budding meteorologists are eager to add Bible quotes, weather related jokes and classical music pieces to each podcast, giving the gathered data a personal touch.

What makes this more exciting?  Having your school pop up on the Davis Instruments WeatherLink App to be shared with friends and family, near or far. Up to date weather information at their fingertips right from the St. Thomas More parking lot.
 
By Valerie Barnes