Online – Self-Paced – Intro Level 

TH 201: Climate, Science, & Technology

Build a weather station; measure and analyze fundamental units of weather

About this Course

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.  

 

What You'll Build

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

What You'll Get

A combination of sensors, modules, acrylic pieces, and smaller components: 

Humidity sensor

Sunlight sensor

LED bar graph

Button sensor

Magnetic Switch

WiFi module

Chainable RGB LED

Acrylic sheet

Thimbleduino

Plastic wrappers and louvers

Base shield

Cables, magnets, screws


What You'll Need

Here are some things you’ll need before you get started: 

  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • A computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. 
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Working internet connection
  • Arduino software 
The Arduino software is a free application and be downloaded at www.arduino.cc
 


Next Generation Science Standards

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.

What You'll Learn

#1: weather sensors

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. 

#2: remote sensing, internet protocols

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. 

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#3: Rain gauge design & magnetic fields

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.

#4: Base station & Weather proofing

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

WHo is THimble for?

Thimble courses are for students ages 10+. If students are younger, parent or teacher supervision is strongly recommended. 

How much time will i need to commit?

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.  

What if i have no experience in electronics OR code?

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.  

HOW IS THIMBLE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PLATFORMS?

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. 

WHAT DO I RECEIVE WHEN I BUY A COURSE?

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.

Are thimble courses worth my time and Money

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. 

What Parents and Teachers are Saying about this Course

"TH 201 is super interesting and instructions are easy to follow. The learning is seemingly limitless with the foundation of knowledge that you provide. I love the fact that I can see the code and learn how to manipulate it as I am learning hardware components. Each course so far has been well thought out with many different application possibilities."
Elisabeth Schwartz
Elisabeth Schwartz
London, UK
"I liked the inclusion of the wrappers that work with Legos, so I made a fancy enclosure. I also liked the tutorial explaining temperature, humidity, air pressure and altitude. I haven't really seen well-made tutorials like these from anyone else before; this truly helps figure out some of the roadblocks I had in the beginning. I'm looking forward to taking some of the more advanced courses!"
Stan Ehrenfield
San Francisco, CA

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