We have recently acquired some exciting new technology that will allow us to investigate our own environment, as well as the data that each device produces--an Energy Discovery System and a weather station.
You might see the large solar panel mounted outside of our Mirpeset. It is connected to an energy inverter that will produce electricity for us to use inside and outside of the building. It is also connected to software that allows us to see real-time information regarding the energy that is captured and compare to other locations around the world. During the spring, some of our students helped to determine the best location for the solar panel using a dome device that measures year-round sunlight in a particular location.
You might also notice the device mounted under our flag poles in front of the building. This weather station measures rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and UV and solar radiation. The data can be accessed through either the “Davis WeatherLink” app or at https://www.weatherlink.com. When searching for stations, we are named "Community Day School #1". Students will be challenged to look at our weather data and also compare it with weather stations around the world, including multiple sites in Israel.
We are excited for the learning opportunities our Energy Discovery System and weather station will provide for our students, and are planning ways to integrate both into the CDS experience of multiple grade levels.
Thank you to the Snow Foundation and thank you to the team at AYA Instruments that helped guide us in the process of selecting and acquiring this system. We are excited to join their growing energy education community.
Photos: Norton Gusky