One thousand schools to receive Oracle Raspberry Pi weather station kits

Oracle Raspberry Pi weather stations are being given out for free to teach computing, meteorology and geography skills

Oracle Raspberry Pi weather stations are being handed out to 1,000 schools on 23 April 2015 as part of a global science experiment.

Oracle Academy and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have partnered to distribute Raspberry Pi hardware kits, allowing students to build and operate their own weather stations. The aim is to teach students skills in computing, meteorology and geography.

The weather station kits also teach the students to write application code that logs weather data. This includes data on wind speed, direction, temperature, pressure and humidity. Additional teaching materials for classroom use will be made available on the Oracle Academy website.

The first 1,000 kits are being funded by a grant from Oracle Giving, with half of the kits set aside for Oracle Academy schools.

The project is aimed at students aged 11-16, who will be challenged to write applications to operate their weather station and record the data in a cloud-hosted Oracle database. The students can then use the database to query through SOL elements developed with Oracle Academy.

Students can also develop a website on Raspberry Pi to display local weather conditions that other participating schools can access. A microsite for the programme will enable students to blog about their experiences, receive technical support and interact with other schools taking part.

“From application programming to database management, computer science skills can lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers,” said Jane Richardson, director of Oracle Academy Europe. “Our goal with the Oracle Raspberry Pi weather station project is to show students how computer science can help them measure, interrogate and understand the world better, and give them hands-on opportunities to develop these skills.

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“We believe this is one of the best ways to inspire the next generation to take up computer science roles.”

Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading), said the project adds another string to the Raspberry Pi bow and introduces children to data management and SQL.

“The kits themselves are really exciting and contain everything you would expect from a fully-functioning weather station,” said Upton. 

“We’re confident that students will find the project an engaging way of learning new and useful skills, and that they’ll have a lot of fun in the process,” he added.

Colleen Cassity, executive director of Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Giving and Volunteers, said it is exciting to support a global learning initiative that aims to generate awareness and interest in computer science and the natural world. 

“The project will help to ensure that the next generation is well-prepared to lead and create value, not only in the digital economy, but also in the global community,” said Cassity. 

Schools can register their interest for a kit on Raspberry Pi’s website.

Image: Raspberry Pi school weather station project

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