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Wireless Solar Radiation And Meteorological Instruments For K 12 Technology Education

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Remote Sensing and Telemetry

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8.1314.1 - 8.1314.8

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William Berg

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Manuel Blanco

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Fabio Urbani

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Session 2359

Wireless solar radiation and meteorological instrument for K-12 Technology Education

Manuel J. Blanco, William M. Berg, Fabio Urbani The University of Texas at Brownsville


A wireless network of weather stations is being designed for a project to enhance and advance mathematics, science, and computer education for K-12 students. In this network, portable, solar powered weather stations incorporating GPS and spread spectrum radio communication features will be deployed on rooftops of 53schools in the area surrounding the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). Data will be gathered at a central station by radio and transmitted to UTB via Internet at regular intervals and, after its quality has been properly assured and qualified, uploaded to a specifically designed web site. Students in the schools will access the web site and use the acquired high-quality data to derive information regarding solar radiation availability, the movement of weather systems through the region, and the development of weather systems within the area. Depending on the grade level of the classes, activities will include calculation of the velocity of weather systems, weather forecasting, correlation of cloud types and weather, statistical operations on wind and weather system data, calculation of cooling and heating degree days, -- etc. In a concerted effort among K-12 students, educators and UTB faculty, the acquired solar and meteorological data will also be used for calibration and fine-tuning of satellite models of ground-level solar radiation estimates. The involvement of K-12 students, and their educators, in such a relevant scientific endeavor is expected to raise their interest in science and technology.

This paper sketches the complete concept of the educational weather station network being proposed, and discusses its educational and research potential.

Manufacturing engineering technology and electronic engineering technology students are involved in the design and implementation of the network. They will be deeply involved in the deployment of the educational weather stations, in visits to schools to instruct K-12 students in maintenance and operation of the stations, and to assist students in their meteorological instrument based projects. It is anticipated that these interactions will comprise service learning experiences and projects for the engineering technology students, and outreach and recruitment activities for the department.


A weather station network is proposed for installation on the rooftops of, or in an accessible area to, each school in the Brownsville Independent School District (BISD). The school district includes 53 schools, including elementary, middle, and high schools. The weather station at each school will collect data every second and transmit sixty seconds of data each minute to a central

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Berg, W., & Blanco, M., & Urbani, F. (2003, June), Wireless Solar Radiation And Meteorological Instruments For K 12 Technology Education Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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