THE forecast is looking a lot brighter for science students at Dominic College after receiving a $1000 grant for the purchase of a new weather station.
Provided through the Premier’s Discretion Fund, the grant will also see the purchase of a webcam that will display live views of Mt Wellington.
Dominic College acting principal Janine O’Hea said the weather station would result in students having “first-hand” knowledge of collecting, analysing and forming conclusions about weather patterns.
“Data from the station will be used by students in their science classes and will also be streamed live for the community via our website,” she said.
“Dominic College is indebted to Will Hodgman and Elise Archer for their generous donation towards the purchase of the weather station.”
The weather station is a compact facility that will send data wirelessly to a student accessible data hub.
It includes instruments to accurately record temperature, UV Index, precipitation, wind speed and direction and barometric pressure.
Once the station and monitoring are operational, students will establish a Meteorological Club through which they can analyse data collection from the weather station.
This will then allow them to build their own mini-weather stations to take home or to other locations.
Dominic College year seven students Levi Dillon and Isabelle Selby said they were both looking forward to the Meteorological Club.
“I think being able to tell the weather and studying the top of the mountain will be a really fun and interesting experience,” Levi said.
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said more than 380 grants, totalling around $900,000, had been distributed across the state under the Premier’s Discretionary Fund during their time in office.
“These grants, both large and small, have gone to a diverse range of community organisations, local events and individuals,” she said.
Caption: From left, Dominic College year seven student Levi Dillion, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, acting principal Janine O’Hea and year seven student Isabelle Selby.