Students Learn About Weather on the Net

AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc.’s school WeatherNet program integrates state-of-the-art technology with award winning curriculum for grades K-12 in order to improve students’ critical thinking, problem solving skills, and performance in math, science, geography and technology. The program is able to collect real-time data from thousands of school-based stations across the country and to distribute it to millions of users along multiple platforms, including the Web, television, e-mail and cell phones. The school WeatherNet program helps students explore the world’s geography, geology, topography and atmosphere to discover the interrelation of the physical and life sciences.

A weather sensor is mounted onto a school rooftop to measure wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, light intensity and barometric pressure. The sensor is connected to a master control unit, which processes, archives and transmits live data to a digital display unit and to the Internet. Interactive software gives students instant access to TV-quality graphic displays, live camera pictures and real-time radar images. It also enables them to display their data on the Web, and to exchange information with more than 5,000 network schools. AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc., (800) 624-4205, www.aws.com.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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