BFA Fairfax Deploys New Weather Station on Academy Roof

Target 3. Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Make relevant and authentic

problems become the focus of connected learning

Indicator of Success – Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.

BFA Fairfax recently installed a new weather station on the roof of the school. The purpose of the installation goes far beyond simply knowing the current weather. The station itself will directly impact the instruction of students at BFA as they explore data, trends and their implications in science classes. The study of weather is also an important part of the Next Generation Science Standards which are being implemented in Vermont. 

Davis Vantage Pro2 Wireless install on top of Bellows Free Academy.

Davis Vantage Pro2 Wireless install on top of Bellows Free Academy.

The station was purchased using funds procured by High School Science Teacher Tom Lane through VT EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change. Special thanks to FWSU Computer Support Technician Jeff Smith who ensured the success of this project.

BFA Technology Support Team - Jason Smith and Jeff Smith - pose with the weather station after assembly.

BFA Technology Support Team – Jason Smith and Jeff Smith – pose with the weather station after assembly.

In addition, everyone can now obtain real-time data from the new weather station and soon a continuous weather data feed will appear right on the BFA website.

BFA Sophomore Geoff Schukel assists with the rooftop installation.

BFA Sophomore Geoff Schukel assists with the rooftop installation.

Already, this new station has proved to be great tool for our HS student scientists as they study meteorology, learn about climate change, and analyze the often unpredictable weather of our region.

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