Patrick’s Big Idea: Patrick’s students will take what they learn about weather in class and use it to build and program mini weather stations. These weather stations will also allow students to learn STEM-based skills such as coding and measuring data. The use of the EM spectrum in the development of sensors is ubiquitous in STEM fields today. The students will “build” and “program” mini weather stations powered by an Arduino board and weather sensors. The stations can measure in real time elements of weather such as temperature, humidity, air pressure and wind speed. The project will require students to work in groups to build and code the weather station. The stations can be designed to work remotely via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This project will allow students to integrate modern technology into our science lessons.
Interesting Facts: Patrick is in his 14th year teaching 6th grade science. He loves being in nature and all things water- including water sports like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking.