The First WeatherSTEM Weather Station in Michigan is Inspiring STEM Learners at Shumate Middle School
Inspiring STEM Learners at Shumate Middle School
WeatherSTEM officially expanded its reach to Michigan at Shumate Middle School in Gibraltar. Students, teachers, and parents are all excited about the new STEM learning platform. WeatherSTEM CEO Ed Mansouri attended a kick-off event in May 2017.
At the event, Ed addressed the students of the school. As a “weather rockstar,” Ed took the time to explain the different parts of the school’s new WeatherSTEM weather station. In the video above, you can see him explaining the anemometer.
Besides the weather station, Shumate Middle School also installed a “cloud cam” camera to take time-lapse of the sky over the school. A critical aspect of the WeatherSTEM program also includes data-drive STEM lesson plans for teachers to help inspire STEM learners. One of the best parts about WeatherSTEM is that it is great for parents as well. A new school weather website, Facebook page, Twitter page, and a helpful mobile application are great add-ons for parents who love to stay involved and informed.
Shumate Middle School takes STEM education seriously. Alongside their new WeatherSTEM program, Shumate Middle School also is a member of the GLOBE Program. GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. The program is an international science and education program that provides students with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. Each day, students at the middle school collect real-world data measurements like surface temperature and soil moisture. Then, these kid scientists upload the information and share it with NASA scientists and other scientists throughout the world.
WeatherSTEM and STEM Learners
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Inspiring science, technology, engineering. and mathematical learning isn’t always easy for teachers, but it’s very important. WeatherSTEM is a great way to engage STEM learners and make these complex subjects fun and interesting. Kathryn Woodall, a teacher at Dodgertown Elementary who uses WeatherSTEM, appreciates that hands-on learning and real-world application it brings. She reflected on the excitement of her STEM learners during a particularly stormy day.
“Last week when it rained I had kids come into my classroom to see the wind speed and the different that that were going on at the same time.”
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