Patrick’s Big Idea:
Patrick’s students used what they learned about weather in class and built and programmed mini weather stations powered by an Arduino board and weather sensors. The weather stations allowed students to learn STEM-based skills such as coding and measuring data. The use of the electromagnetic spectrum in developing weather sensors is ubiquitous in STEM fields today. The stations can measure elements of weather such as temperature, humidity, air pressure and wind speed in real time. The project required students to work in groups to build and code the weather stations, which were designed to work remotely via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The project allowed students to integrate modern technology into classroom science lessons.
Patrick is in his 14th year teaching 6th grade science. He loves being in nature and all things water – including surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.