The Volta Institute participates in the pilot project in the field of meteorology

The goal is to create small, portable digital weather stations and create a “weather education” network.

Palermo – The Instituto Alessandro Volta in Palermo will participate in an important experimental and research project of a scientific-technical educational nature in the field of meteorology. The main objective of the project is to create small portable digital weather stations and to create an “educational about weather” network. Several “schools on the network” that joined the action plan proposed by the Palermo Institute: the International Institute for Strategic Studies “Gaetano Curcio” – Ispica (RG), the “Enrico Fermi” Scientific Secondary School – Aversa (CE), the Institute of IISS “Galileo Ferraris” – Molfetta (Bachelor), Folserie Polucci High School Calpoli – Forli (FC), Galileo Galilei High School – Verona, Guglielmo Marconi School IIS Civitavecchia (Rome), Alessandro Volta – Caltanissetta.

This afternoon, in the building of the Istituto di Passage dei Picciotti, 1, the children met in the afternoon laboratory educational activities. Students of schools that have joined the project will also be linked to the webinar.

The aim of the works is to broaden the development of research and to experiment with methodologies for effective teaching of science, with special attention to the use of new technologies. The goal is to make better use of scientific laboratories and multimedia tools, and to engage students with initiatives capable of enhancing communication with the world of research and production, so as to raise widespread awareness of the importance of science and technology in and for everyday life. sustainable development of society.

The project gives continuity to the path of an innovative technical and scientific laboratory being conducted in the field of atmospheric and environmental sciences. With European funding (ERDF funds), an agrometeorological laboratory was set up in the 1990s at the Volta Institute in Palermo, complete with a station with controllers and sensors for key physical parameters, including air and water quality monitoring. In 2015, with contributions obtained in accordance with Law No. 113/91, the system was reorganized and modernized through the acquisition of tools

Adapted to advanced digital technologies. So an educational experiment was conducted to collect and process weather data on digital platforms, in collaboration with ENEA (and the Lampedusa Weather and Climate Station) for energy efficiency and weather service in the Sicily region.

The students will be coordinated by Professor Pietro Cremi, designer and expert, under the supervision of the Principal, Dr. Margherita Santangelo, and will devote themselves to designing and building small portable digital weather stations, with high quality and efficiency, at low production cost.

In the international field, the participation of ENEA and in this case the Weather and Climate Station of Lampedusa (where activities are planned in the presence of teaching representatives and possibly students of the participating schools), opens the door to the possibility of participating in the stations of the global network “WMO World Atmosphere Watch”, allowing Users of the system know the scientific significance of the data.

The course the students will be involved in will take approximately 180 hours.

Applications in daily life and compatibility with environmental sustainability issues have been relegated to the 2030 Agenda Professor Pietro Karimi, designer and coordinator of H National teacher from the Ministry of Education in High School of Applied Sciences Project sIt represents the heart of the initiative, which will bring a network of about 150 students from 8 Italian schools coordinated by the Instituto Volta in Palermo, to create a common platform for atmospheric data and to design and build low-cost, high-quality, small portable digital weather stations. All with the support of university experts, researchers and institutional structures such as Enea and Sicily. The goal to follow is also To motivate and motivate young peopleFuture technicians and environmental professionals Know how to evaluate natural arrays and try to respect ecological balances as a sustainable resource for the future of local areas and the planet.

The principal of the school at the institute Dr. Margherita Santangelo.

The project authorized by the Ministry makes us especially proud, above all for the trust placed in us and for allowing us to continue the work that has been carried out over the years. The activities that we will develop include seven schools spread across the country. The purpose of our work conducted online for the first time, Wants to ensure that “good practices” are disseminated It aims to achieve a fruitful development of research and experimentation with applied methodologies. We hope to continue working on further development steps for our project and to enhance the participation of other schools.“.

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