In Kerala, preparations are being made to make children studying in government schools meteorologists. For this Kerala Weather stations will soon be set up in at least 240 government schools in the state, in which daily changes in the state’s weather will be recorded. This is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in the country. The project is part of efforts to train the younger generation to understand climate change and take necessary precautions in this regard in view of frequent natural calamities including floods in the southern state.
General Education Minister V Sivankutty inaugurated the district-level initiative at Kayanna Government Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode on Friday.
He said during the function that the General Education Department has started the process of setting up weather monitoring centers in 240 schools of the state and this is the first initiative of its kind in the country. He said that whatever the students have learned from textbooks regarding weather, they will be able to learn them practically through such centres.
What work will the students have to do?
The Education Minister said, 'Everyday changes in atmospheric conditions will be monitored and recorded through school weather stations. In this way, every child can be made a weather observer. The collected data will be used for further research. Each school weather station will have 13 instruments including rain gauge, thermometer and weather data bank.
In Kozhikode, weather stations are being set up in 18 government higher secondary schools in the district where geography is an optional subject. Children will observe the amount of rainfall, wind speed and atmospheric pressure occurring in the area and record it in a special chart. The data obtained from the school weather stations will be recorded by the students themselves in a separate chart.
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