Science Club: 2014 Arduino Weathershield Engineering Team
Students at New Lothrop Jr./Sr. High School have constructed a meteorological instrument package for remote sensing of our atmosphere using an "Arduino" microprocessor with commercially available sensors for humidity, temperature, pressure and luminosity. They have added a micro SD datalogger and are able to collect and display meteorological data.
Students have updated the microprocessor source code for the instrument and will mounted the instrument on an "Aeropod" remote sensing platform.
Students in the High School Earth Science class used a seven foot delta wing kite and "Aeropod" to lift the weather instrument about 500 feet above the Earth to obtain remote sensing data for further study.
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The photos above show some team members at work, the arduino-based instrument they have assembled, and a graph of environmental data collected with the instrument.
The "Aeropod" is a remote sensing platform licensed from NASA that can hold cameras and meteorological instruments. The Aeropod project was brought to our attention during teacher professional development at a Michigan Science Teacher Annual Meeting presentation of the ICCARS project by Dave Bydlowski and Andy Henry of the Wayne RESA. The components needed for this project (the instrument, kites, pilot balloons, etc.) are readily available from commercial vendors and are well suited to the aptitude and abilities of students at New Lothrop High School. Project goals include understanding the usefulness of remote sensing for large scale observations of our environment and successfully participating in complex and challenging engineering activities. An Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software that can be programmed with USB cable connections to a personal computer. We wish to thank Jonathon Knieper, a graduate of New Lothrop High school and current student at Saginaw Valley State University for assisting us with understanding the operation and programming of the Arduino.
- For more information about the instrument package we have created watch this SparkFun Weathershield Product Overview video.
- Arduino website
- Instructables - Arduino based Portable Weather Monitor
- Instructables - Arduino based weather balloon instrument
- Sparkfun - weathershield for Arduino
- Sparkfun - weathershield connection guide
- Sparkfun - https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/393