Oracle Academy and Raspberry Pi Foundation have officially launched Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools, a project that would join thousands of schools in Africa and around the world in a global science experiment. Participating schools will receive a Raspberry Pi hardware kit for students to build and operate their own weather station with the aim of gaining valuable skills spanning computing, meteorology and geography. The project which is targeted at students aged between 11 and 16 years old, would train them on how to code and learn about their world at the same time.
Students will be asked to write applications to operate their weather station and record data in a cloud-hosted Oracle database, which they can then query through SQL elements developed in collaboration with Oracle Academy.
Oracle Giving, a part of Oracle’s philanthropic efforts, has funded the first 1,000 kits which will be provided to schools free of charge. The kits teach students to write application code that logs a range of weather data, including wind speed, direction, temperature, pressure, and humidity.
Jane Richardson, Director, Oracle Academy EMEA, said: “From application programming to database management, computer science skills can lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers. Our goal with the Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project is not only to show students how computer science can help them measure, interrogate and understand the world better, but also to give them hands-on opportunities to develop these skills. We believe this is one of the best ways to inspire the next generation to take up the computer science roles that economies around the world need filled.”
Schools are encouraged to register their interest on Raspberry Pi’s website.