High school stu­dents to use full-ser­vice weather sta­tion

Sta­tion data is on a Face­book page, a Twit­ter feed and in text mes­sages.

The Palm Beach Post - - IN YOUR COMMUNITY - By Alexan­dra Seltzer Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CON­TACT US Twit­ter: @alexseltzer

Watch out me­te­o­rol­o­gists Steve Wea­gle and Glenn Glazer, there’s a new weather sta­tion in town.

Boyn­ton Beach High School has re­ceived a $6,000 WeatherSTEM unit from the Tal­la­has­see-based com­pany of the same name. It was in­stalled Thurs­day, and while it will be used by stu­dents and teach­ers, its data is avail­able to the com­mu­nity.

The full-ser­vice weather sta­tion has a Face­book page, a Twit­ter feed and an op­tion to re­ceive cur­rent con­di­tions through a text mes­sage.

WeatherSTEM will be used by stu­dents in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math (STEM) classes rang­ing from me­te­o­rol­ogy to avi­a­tion, and it’ll also be used by the ath­let­ics depart­ment and in tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, Prin­ci­pal Fred Barch said.

Next school year, the stu­dents might even be giv­ing the weather fore­cast in the day’s an­nounce­ments, he added.

WeatherSTEM CEO Ed­ward Man­souri said he plans to do­nate the sys­tems to one school or col­lege in each of the state’s 67 coun­ties. So far, Man­souri is about half­way through his goal. Palm Beach County is rare, though, and two schools, Florida At­lantic Uni­ver­sit y and Boyn­ton High, were given the sys­tems.

FAU got the sys­tem first. Then Man­souri said some­one told him about Boyn­ton and he thought it’d be a per­fect fit.

The sys­tem has three com­po­nents: the weather sta­tion, which is on top of the press box at the foot­ball field; an agri­cul­ture mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, which is in the veg­etable gar­dens; and a cloud cam­era that takes one pic­ture per minute. The cloud cam­era is po­si­tioned near the science build­ing over­look­ing a canal. The mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and sta­tion send data to a dig­i­tal con­sole in a class­room, Man­souri said.

There are a va­ri­ety of ways to get weather in­for­ma­tion from Boyn­ton High: on the Web: palm­beach.weatherstem.com/bbchs; on Twit­ter: @BBCHSWx; on Face­book: search Boyn­ton Beach Com­mu­nity High School WeatherSTEM; and by phone: call or text “bbchs” to 561-922-8547.

While the sta­tion is an ed­u­ca­tional tool for stu­dents to learn about weather, Man­souri said, they’ll also be able to mine and an­a­lyze data such as rain to­tals or tem­per­a­tures. There are also les­son plans on the com­pany’s web­site.

“It was a real great op­por­tu­nity for us to bring this pro­gram to this school,” Man­souri said.

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PHO­TOS BY LANNIS WA­TERS / THE PALM BEACH POST

Luke Hunnewell in­stalls the so­lar-pow­ered, wire­lessly con­nected weather sta­tion Thurs­day atop the press box at Boyn­ton Beach High School’s foot­ball sta­dium. The state-of-the-art weather sta­tion from WeatherSTEM will al­low Boyn­ton High stu­dents to col­lect weather data and con­duct re­search.

Sen­sors that col­lect soil mois­ture and tem­per­a­ture data are buried in the gar­den at Boyn­ton Beach High School. The sen­sors are wired to a trans­mit­ter that also col­lects con­den­sa­tion data and com­mu­ni­cates wire­lessly with the rest of the weather sys­tem.

Soil mois­ture (top) and tem­per­a­ture sen­sors were later buried in the gar­den. The weather sys­tem will be used by STEM stu­dents, the ath­letic depart­ment and in tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion.

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