Forest City, Pa. and Germantown, Md. – November 1, 2010 – WeatherBug®, the leading provider of live, local weather information, announced today that Forest City Regional School has joined the WBRE WeatherBug Schools Program. The school installed a new WeatherBug Weather Station, high-definition camera and lightning sensor, which will make it possible for the school to provide weather data and imagery for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., television station WBRE-TV to broadcast online and on-air. The Weather Station and accompanying WeatherBug Achieve interactive educational software is being used to enhance the school curriculum by enabling students to more effectively learn about the science and technology of meteorology. School officials will also be notified with more advanced warning of lightning and other forms of severe weather.
The program kicked off as a result of the efforts of 12-grade Forest City student Brady Kuruts, who recently moved back to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area from Austin, Texas. Kuruts, a part-time EMT and firefighter, became interested in bringing the WeatherBug Schools Program to Forest City after seeing firsthand how it benefited his previous school, EMS unit and community by providing advance weather information and alerts, especially during severe weather. At the urging of his teachers, Kuruts made purchasing and installing the WeatherBug weather station and software into his senior project.
Forest City Principal, Christine D. Acevedo, said, “Forest City high-school senior Brady Kuruts did a tremendous amount of work and preparation in order to successfully bring the WeatherBug program to our school. The participation of Forest City will enable our students to learn, in a hands-on manner, about the science of meteorology. In addition, having a WeatherBug station atop our school is helping to keep students and the community safer in the event of severe weather.”
The weather station, camera and lightning sensor and accompanying WeatherBug Achieve software suite were funded by The Forest City Education Foundation, The Community Foundation of Susquehanna, Forest City PTO, Forest City Fire Department, Forest City Rotary Club and private donations. Kuruts developed and delivered presentations to these groups, gaining valuable organizational and public speaking experience.
The WeatherBug media partner in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, WBRE-TV, leverages the WeatherBug national network of weather stations to offer area residents the most local, up-to-the-second weather information available in Forest City and throughout the country. Now, WBRE-TV will also be able to feature neighborhood-level reports from Forest City during its daily on-air newscasts and online.
The WeatherBug Schools Program is committed to providing an engaging teaching tool for schools nationwide. The WeatherBug interactive software program, WeatherBug Achieve, enables teachers to apply real-world conditions in math, science, and geography. Teachers and students in K-12 have access to weather data from any WeatherBug site across the country. Using WeatherBug Achieve, teachers can create customized learning activities based on current and historical weather conditions, such as wind speed or humidity, in their own school districts. In addition, students can compare local weather conditions to data from more than 8,000 other WeatherBug Weather Stations nationwide.
For more information on the WeatherBug Schools Program, visit www.weatherbugschools.com.
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