Civil Air Patrol cadets at The Student Leadership Academy charter middle school in Venice are enriching their STEM curriculum with the addition of the AcuRite Professional Weather Station.

The professional weather station allows cadets to measure indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity, wind speed, wind direction, wind chill, rain and barometric pressure.

The wireless outdoor sensor features five different technologies in one easy-to-mount unit consisting of a thermometer, hygrometer, wind speed anemometer, wind direction vane and a self-emptying rainfall collector cup.

Cadets are able to forecast and monitor weather conditions 24 hours a day by collecting data from the sensor and rainfall collector mounted atop the school.

Cadets prepared themselves to use the weather station STEM kit by exploring both civilian and military careers associated with meteorology and weather. The cadets were especially excited to learn about the possibility of becoming Air Force weather specialists and Air Force weather officers.

The cadets also studied the CAP aerospace dimensions module, air environment, to build their knowledge base and use the weather station to its fullest capacity.

— Submitted by Madeline Kirsten