Jacksonville Country Day School, a private school on the Southside, is excited to announce that a WeatherSTEM system has been installed on its campus. The WeatherSTEM combines data from scientific instruments and sensors with STEM curriculum. This live, hyper-local data will be used to energize lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at Jacksonville Country Day. The system also provides current in-depth weather information for the area around the Southside school through a dedicated website.
WeatherSTEM integrates many different weather sensors. The data gathered and stored by the sensors are displayed dynamically on a website that showcases the current weather, weather forecasts, data mining tools, lessons/activities, weather notifications, videos, and more. The system also includes library of lessons and activities for integration of the data and sensors into JCDS’ STEM-based curriculum.
Science/tech integration specialist Shannon Johnson said, “All of our students, from the youngest to the oldest, will be able to use our WeatherSTEM station to learn about meteorology.”
From watching the anemometer spin, to giving daily weather reports based on information on our WeatherSTEM website, to understanding cause and effect relationships between various weather phenomenon, to making connections between images on the cloud camera and data displayed on graphs, JCDS students will begin to ask thought provoking questions.
The WeatherSTEM was a gift to JCDS from the Hillyard family, whose two sons attend the school. "When I saw weather stem's capabilities, I knew that JCDS, with its long standing commitment to math and science, would be a perfect fit for this emerging technology," JCDS parent Michael Hillyard said.