WeatherBug lands at REC, helps RUSD students
A $20,000 donation from the AT&T Foundation has allowed the installation of a WeatherBug weather station at the Root River Environmental Education Community (REC) Center. Located at 1301 6th St. in Racine, REC is a joint educational venture by UW-Parkside and the City of Racine.
The grant also funds an education program to bring REC WeatherBug data into Racine Unified School District (RUSD) high school and middle school classrooms to enhance student learning of atmospheric science curriculum. This education program was the topic of an Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program grant awarded to Geoscience student Keith Krukowski to assess student scores following interaction with WeatherBug data. The results of his study were recently presented at the National Undergraduate Research Conference in La Crosse and at Posters in the Rotunda in the state capitol building in Madison.
The REC WeatherBug camera feed has been a regular feature on Vince Condella's FOX6 Weather morning show.
"The UW-Parkside/AT&T Foundation partnership was facilitated through the tireless efforts of State Representative Cory Mason of Racine with cooperation from the Mayor John Dickert of Racine," said UW-Parkside Geosciences Professor John Skalbeck.The UW-Parkside College of Natural and Health Sciences plans to hold a public event Saturday, June 1, at noon to honor this collaborative effort. Watch the university web site for details.