School launches own weather station
March 24, 2009
Whether the weather is going to be kind should no longer be a mystery at one Bracknell secondary school.
Ranelagh has launched its own weather station and renewable energy centre, which should keep it well informed on Britain’s favourite subject.
The station will be able to log meteorological data and generate energy to power the computer that is recording the data.
The school’s Key Stage Four STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) group will be overseeing the project and using the data in geography, science, IT (information technology) and maths.
n As part of a programme of activities to celebrate last week’s Science Week, Wednesday and Thursday were CSI days at Ranelagh.
As every television police drama addict knows, that’s Crime Scene Investigation and pupils turned detective.
They investigated aspects of forensic science, including fingerprint and hair analysis, and looked at the deductions to be made from teeth impressions and powers found at the scene of the crime.
In the afternoon, after a briefing from a ‘scenes of crime officer’, the pupils had the chance to use their newly gained expertise to investigate a crime scene.
The days finished with an opportunity for the young forensic teams to present their findings and conclusions.
Scott MacKenzie, assistant headteacher designate and head of design technology, said: “Some of the detective work was first class and students enjoyed the chance to apply the science from lessons to a ‘real world’ scenario.”