The weather station is a compact facility mounted on the Dominic College Boys’ Town building.
The tech has the capability of sending data wirelessly to a student accessible data hub below.
Using the weather station students can accurately record temperature, UV Index, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure.
“We’ve also got a webcam that gives us shots of Mt Wellington, so you can actually watch, or get a live view of the weather at any time, or you can review the days weather,” Brad Parkin, a teacher at the school says.
Once the station is up and running it is expected that students will be able to source weather data from across Tasmania, with towns including Bagdad, Oatlands, New Norfolk, Collinsvale and Molesworth on the radar.
Students will track the meteorological continuities and differences and seek to understand the causes of weather changes, as well as make predictions.
While installation has just been completed, Parkin already has plenty planned for the facility.
First on the agenda, is to form a meteorological club at the school.
“So at this stage, we’ve put out expressions of interest from students, and we’ve got a core group of about five students that are interested,” he says.
“They’re very keen, they keep asking me ‘So when’s it happening? What’s going on?’”.
Other than mapping and graphing data collected from the main weather station, the students and their teacher are keen to extend their learning with further activities.
“We had a discussion about essentially making a weather station as a kind of STEM activity,” Parkin explains.
“So, I’ve started to investigate 3D printing parts, assembling them and soldering up circuit boards and basically making a weather station that the students can build and take home with them.”
Parkin says this will teach students to work within a budget, and also learn basic electronics, basic programming and have the opportunity to build something.
“And, of course, the club will include learning about weather, weather patterns and also sensing data, then being able to use that and make that into some kind of real weather station,” he adds.
The Tasmanian school is also aiming to rally enthusiasm from the surrounding community, encouraging parents and friends to check the school’s live weather website when deciding whether or not to throw a coat on in the morning.