The Joe Tribendis Weather and Climate Center will feature a weather station on the roof of SHS that will serve as a valuable resource for not only students, but also the community at large. The weather station will collect data in real time, providing a database and forecasting function that can be used by students in weather and climate class, or even the athletic director in trying to determine whether an outdoor contest should be postponed.
The platform that will be used is WeatherSTEM, which will also give teachers the tools to incorporate weather data into lesson plans and align them with relevant educational standards, including Common Core. “We appreciate the district partnering with us on this exciting project that will benefit students and serve as a fitting tribute to Joe Tribendis,” said SEF president David Ritchie. “Joe worked tirelessly for the students in Swampscott and was a forward-thinking leader in our community.”
Brandy Wilbur, STEM coordinator at Swampscott High, said the weather station, which will include computer hardware, software, a live camera and data-collection ability – will be installed this spring. “Students will use the local high-quality climate data to understand and predict weather patterns, to study climate impact on the biodiversity of our local wildlife and to compare Swampscott’s climate data to other regions around the world,” Wilbur said. “We are grateful to the SEF for providing this resource for our students and teachers,” said Superintendent of Schools Pamela Angelakis. “We are also pleased that this initiative will honor the memory of Mr. Tribendis.”