Take a look at the Arduino weather data from some schools across the country. See their data sets and use them in your classrooms for lesson plans. Interested in tracking weather data of your own? We’d love to collaborate with you, too!
Arduino Yun Weather Stations
These units were commissioned by the Dow digital Science Center to collect the following data. This includes, but is not limited to the following temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and light levels of any environment they encounter.
How Does it Help Students?
So glad you asked! First of all it allows students to focus on data collection versus how to collect the data. Using state-of-the-art sensors allow students participating in the Dow Digital Science Center to access the data in real time allowing them instant access to not only their school’s data but other schools’ as well across the country.
Then students are allowed to compare and contrast their unit’s data and other schools’ in their state or across the country. This allows teachers more time to show students, core STEM concepts such as graphing, comparing and correlating data and last but not least, focus on using the data instantly for more concepts to be learned than before by not having to make up new data sets. This powerful classroom tool uses state-of-the-art database technology to allow teachers access to new real-time data while in class or to compare their classes data to other schools. So on a daily basis, teachers have new real-time data and graphs charts and other in class assignments can be modified instantly for teachers to use and reuse again and again.
How do I participate?
If you’d like to participate, simply fill out the collaborative project request form to get started — it’s as easy as that!
But do I have to make all new worksheets?
Absolutely not. Another benefit of using this data repository is having a pool of teachers working together to create content for the website allowing teachers to share resources and not have to duplicate lesson plans. By cooperating in the program, they can save valuable lesson plan time focusing on new concepts and modifying concepts for their classrooms only. Instead of reinventing each lesson as previously required.