In partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, Homer 33C installed a research-quality Weather Station in April 2006 on the Hadley Middle School-Homer Junior High campus. All K-4 teachers and 5-8th grade science teachers were trained in a week-long professional development course designed to provide faculty with the scientific principles and strategies necessary for effective weather instruction. It is the goal of the District to engage students in hands-on learning using math and science activities in a real world, problem solving setting. The Weather Station will be operated and maintained by Homer 33C students and faculty, with Argonne scientists providing professional expertise to help teachers develop and use teaching materials, presentations and scientific instruments as they introduce students to the ever-changing world of weather. Scientific and technical leadership in this endeavor has been provided by Doug Sisterson, Mike Ritsche and Craig Swietlik, all scientists at Argonne National Laboratory. The collaboration is the first of its kind in Illinois.
Students at all grade levels will monitor data provided by the Weather Station . The Weather Station is a research-quality instrument comparable to those used worldwide by the U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility (ARCF). Students will participate in experiments that include temperature/relative humidity, PRTD/Soil temperatures, barometric pressure and more. Students will collect data and construct correlating charts, tables and graphs that represent that data. In addition, a new Weather Club will encourage students to expand their knowledge in after school program activities.