Jefferson Academy purchased the Ambient Weather Station, a new learning tool for students that stores weather data and trends.
The Weather Station is positioned on a light pole outside the front entrance of JA. The device stores data and can be viewed by students and staff online to help predict and calculate the forecast.
Principal Christopher Whitworth decided to make the purchase after a JA student expressed interest in the weather to the extent of wanting to be a meteorologist.
"I wanted to give every student [in fourth grade] the opportunity, because our fourth grade standard covers weather, temperature, and much more, so just now learning these concepts will be real life for these students, " Mr. Whitworth said.
Fourth graders are using the Weather Station in their science classes and during Extended Learning Time. The device helps to visually teach students the many factors that contribute to weather, which can be accessed online using "Personal Weather Dashboard by Weather Underground."
"It's telling us the temperature, the dew point, humidity, precipitation rate, precipitation accumulation, the UV, the pressure, the wind and gust, and the wind direction," Charlie McDonald, a student at JA said.
Instructional Lead Teacher Samantha Barrett assigned her students a project that will develop into the students sharing their weather findings with the student body and staff.
"They're using that information collected from our Weather Station to guide that research and make their predictions, and then with that, this is kind of like our baseline so that we can start promoting the weather on our morning announcements," Mrs. Barrett said.