The Raspberry Pi foundation has today announced the first batch of Raspberry Pi weather stations have started shipping out to the first 150 UK schools that were lucky enough to be chosen to receive the free weather station hardware kit, that has been in development for nearly 2 years.
The Raspberry Pi weather stations are now making their wait to coding clubs around Britain and will soon be recording data from the different sensors that have been included in the kit to record wind speed, rainfall, barometric pressure and more.
If you were unfortunate not to be selected to receive one of the Pi weather station kits, the foundation is currently considering making available a commercial kit which will be available to purchase but at the current time hasn’t announced any release date or pricing. But as soon as they do we will keep you up-to-date as always.
If you have already received your Raspberry Pi weather station jump over to the official weather station page for instructions on how to set it up via the link below and also plenty of tutorials and resources to get you started, for both students and teachers alike. The foundation explains a little more :
The weather station kit is a HAT for the Raspberry Pi which allows it to collect weather data, using a variety of sensors. It’s designed for use in schools to enable students to create their own weather station, and has a range of resources to support its use.
As well as logging data locally, schools that received a free weather station can log their data in a central Oracle database, so they can share and collaborate with schools around the world.
We’re often asked if we’ll be selling the kits. We’re currently looking into this and hope that they will be commercially available at some point. I’d love to see a Raspberry Pi Weather Station attached to every school – it’s a project that genuinely engages students across many subjects. In addition, the data gathered from thousands of weather stations, all sending data back to a central database, would be really useful.
The community is hugely important to us and whether you’ve just received a weather station or not, we’d love to hear from you. The best way to get involved is to come to the friendly Weather Station corner of our forums and say hi. This is also the place to get help and to share ideas. If you’re tweeting, then you can reach us @raspberry_pi or on the hashtag #weatherstation – thanks!
Source: Pi WStation