Online – Self-Paced – Intro Level
Build a weather station; measure and analyze fundamental units of weather
Wouldn’t it be cool to forecast or track the weather from your own house or school – without the Internet, television, or radio? Upon completing TH 101, you’re ready to take our Climate, Science, & Technology course and build your own weather station by piecing together four hands-on projects.
As you may know, Meteorologists are people who study weather, and predict weather based on past weather patterns. They track changes in temperature, pressure, humidity, wind, and precipitation. Using a sunlight sensor, humidity sensor, LED bar graph, and other components, you’ll soon begin to notice how different patterns predict certain kinds of weather.
You will use your knowledge of sensors, actuators, and indicators (from TH 101) to construct your weather station in four phases. To be successful, you’ll need to commit 6-8 hours to this course. Our learning portal contains step-by-step instructions and videos to help you build each of the 4 weather projects. If you get stuck or have questions, you can use our community forum to ask for help or collaborate with others.
Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be prepared to take the next course in our curriculum TH 202: Robotics & Mechatronics 1.
4 hands-on projects that teach you how to build your own weather station.
Project 1: Weather sensors
Project 2: Remote sensing, internet protocols, and internet services
Project 3: Rain gauge design, magnets, and magnetic fields
Project 4: Base station and weather proofing
A combination of sensors, modules, acrylic pieces, and smaller components:
LED bar graph
Chainable RGB LED
Plastic wrappers and louvers
Cables, magnets, screws
Here are some things you’ll need before you get started:
MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-5, MS-PS2-3.,MS-PS2-5., MS-ETS1-1.,MS-ETS1-2.,MS-ETS1-3.,MS-ETS1-4.
Use sensors to measure and analyze the fundamental units of weather (temperature, pressure, humidity). This first project will help you learn the inner workings of your weather station.
Take it to the next level by uploading your weather data to a database of other weather stations. View your weather data remotely and from any internet connected device.
Construct a tilt-bucket rain gauge. When it starts raining, water is funneled into the bucket. It fills up one side of the seesaw-like actuator – causing it to tip and trigger a magnetic switch.
Construct a wireless indoor base station to instantly monitor conditions and assemble an enclosure to keep sensors protected from the elements. Behold your very own weather station!
Thimble courses are for students ages 10+. If students are younger, parent or teacher supervision is strongly recommended.
On average, our courses require one month to complete (depending how fast you go). That time will be spent watching video lessons and building projects.
We created Thimble to teach beginners a basic understanding of electronics, engineering, and code. We assume you have no prior knowledge; all we ask if that you have a hunger to learn.
Other platforms teach coding only. We teach hardware and software – putting real engineering tools in your hands to learn complex STEM skills used in industry.
You’ll receive online access to course instructions, video tutorials, and support forums. We’ll ship you the components and tools to build your hands-on projects.
If you want to take in-person courses that cost thousands of $$$, Thimble isn’t for you. Want an intro to STEM that’s taught at a fraction of the price? You’re in the right place.
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