|A $6,000 NASA grant award to continue a
middle-school weather station project at five western
South Dakota schools was funded for a third year.
sub-grant, written by Larry Hines, math/science
instructor at Black Hills State, and awarded through the
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, will provide
continuation of a project started two years ago at
schools in Sturgis, Kadoka, Rockyford, Buffalo, and
The NASA Weather Station Pilot Project at
South Dakota Tech supports the efforts of South Dakota
Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) in its plan to continue
the project in the five western South Dakota schools.
Started two years ago, the project involved teacher
workshops and the maintaining of equipment at the five
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|Hines said he would be
working with Tom Gerkin at S.D. Tech to move the program
The stations are up and running
now, said Hines. There is one classroom at
each site dedicated to weather survey.
Black Hills State is providing the educational
component to the project with units for student
integration of math and science concepts.
Hines will continue to be the contact person for the
designated collaborators at the different schools and
will work with the director and outreach coordinator of
the SDSGC to ensure the project's success.
The goals of the south Dakota Weather Station Network
include collection of real observational data;
computer-based data analysis; awareness of weather
phenomena; collaboration between SDSM&T and BHSU;
cooperation between diverse cultural groups; and
establishment of Internet communications.