Mount Dora Middle School received a high-tech weather station from WeatherSTEM on April 15. The unit will help students by incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with weather.
The unit includes a weather station, an agricultural monitoring system and a cloud camera. Data from the device will be uploaded to WeatherSTEM constantly throughout the day and integrated into a platform that serves a K-12 STEM-based curriculum.
Mount Dora Middle School was nominated by science teacher Shanon Parker as the donation site for Lake County as part of a state-wide initiative to donate a WeatherSTEM unit in each of Florida’s 67 counties.
“We chose Mount Dora Middle based on the support shown for Mrs. Parker and her science education efforts,” said Edward Mansouri, WeatherSTEM chief executive officer and founder.
Students, faculty and researchers are able to use the system to collect live and archived weather data while also integrating their own instruments with the system for easy data collection and access. Mount Dora Middle School sports teams have the ability to use the lightening detection and Wet Bulb Globe Temperature features to stay safe on the field.
WeatherSTEM units are currently located in over 75 schools in Florida and Alabama. Upon installation, the data is available instantly 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To retrieve data, users can visit a website or receive alerts through a Facebook application. The unit’s cloud camera captures a photo every minute and produces a movie at the end of the day, which is also available online and through the app.