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PUPIL-BUILT WEATHER STATION DEDICATED

A just-completed, pupil-built weather station designed to be integrated into the Akron Central School District curriculum was dedicated during a special presentation Thursday.

The project, which began about four months ago was constructed by four fifth-graders from common household materials using Cornell University's Cooperative Extension booklet, "Building a Weather Station." The instruments measure wind, speed and direction, precipitation, relative humidity and barometric pressure.

Last year, in an effort by former Akron teacher Barbara Peters and the Enrichment Committee to find additional funding for an integrated authentic curriculum, the elementary school was awarded a mini-grant of about $300 from Phi Delta Kappa Chapter at the University at Buffalo, elementary school Principal Renee Lorenz said.

"We plan to computer-design a brochure on how to use the station to predict the weather," said Roslyn Fishbaugh, enrichment program coordinator. "We're becoming more sophisticated with new technology, and we wanted to do a project that would be good for everybody."

During Thursday's special assembly for elementary school pupils, meteorologist Don Paul of WIVB-TV explained how to predict weather, wind speeds and directions.

The weather station will be placed in the district's new educational center located in the outdoor courtyard area between the elementary school building and auditorium.

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