Coming Fall of 2024! 5th Grade Nature Academy students will be collecting data in the ecosystems surrounding the Boone County Nature School. These data will become a part of a larger, ongoing data log that will be accessible to everyone, and can be used in grades K-12 as students visualize and analyze data, and determine trends. The patterns in data that emerge over time will give our students and community insight into the cyclical and volatile nature of Missouri’s climate, and how that climate is changing right here in Boone County.
Each 5th Grade Nature Academy student can measure weather data at the Boone County Nature School. One class of 5th-graders will visit the Weather Station each morning to collect data on air temperature, barometric pressure, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity. These data will be used to make a weather prediction for the day, which the class will present to the rest of the students at BCNS.
This experience offers students the opportunity to utilize tools for measurement that may be unfamiliar to them and to develop an understanding of how patterns in measurement are used to develop predictions in Missouri weather. The approach to weather predicting used at BCNS was originally developed by Raymond M. Sager, who spent four decades as a meteorologist for the New York Daily News from the 1930s to the 1970s. Sager published his work in The Sager Weathercaster in 1969 (out of print). The algorithms utilized to develop present-day weather predictions are modeled after Sager’s revolutionary ideas for predicting weather.
At BCNS, students will use a weather wheel modeled after Sager’s Weathercaster to turn their data into a weather prediction.
The BCNS Weather Station was modeled after the Weather Station at the Grand Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont in Tennessee. For more information, visit the Weather Monitoring page on the GSMIT website.
Nature School Building: The Boone County Nature School building is currently under construction, with a tentative completion date of June 2024.
Eagle Scout projects: We would love to hear from any Eagle Scout interested in including their project at BCNS. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
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