A Virginia Tech, Roanoke City Schools partnership is helping students learn meteorology in the classroom.
This morning, students across the Star City will use today's weather to sharpen their math, reading and social studies skills. They're using weather stations placed in a dozen schools by Virginia Tech researchers over the summer.
The idea behind it was to capture temperature variations across the city and help identify areas that would benefit from green space and help with food growing efforts in the Valley but the fact is the information the weather stations pick up is being applied to help students like these fourth graders at Westside Elementary with every day lessons and in preparing for the SOLs. "It's great because you can incorporate social studies, look at different regions and that's part of Virginia studies," said 4th grade teacher Kelly Cook. "We also do math with it, comparing not only temperatures but pressures and then usually we'll have three or four charts where we can compare all of this daily and also math just reading maps."
The data transmitted from the weather stations isn't limited to the school with the actual device, the information is put on line so anyone can access it.