A Bug’s-Eye View at FCS

What is perched on Friends Community School’s roof? It’s a “WeatherBug” that records real-time data and images of the weather for the National Weather Service, NBC-4 News, and STEM studies at FCS.
Thanks to the support of the FCS community through the 2014-15 Annual Fund, the WeatherBug was purchased and installed over the summer to support cross-curricular learning throughout the school. The arachnid-like device measures 27 different elements of weather, including air pressure, dew, humidity, and wind. It also records high-definition video footage of the changing sky and landscape at FCS with a camera that can be manipulated remotely.

It’s easy to get hooked on the online weather center linked to FCS’s WeatherBug. You can see the live  view from FCS’s roof and scroll through recent images from the night, dawn, carline, recess, and more. Graphs track how weather conditions are changing at school over time. Students can use this data to study weather patterns. This upcoming winter, when Larry Clements, FCS Head of School, needs to make a decision about snow closings, he’ll be able to see conditions on campus without leaving his house to trek over in the snow as he has in the past.

WeatherBug data is also used by the National Weather Service to issue alerts and forecasts. NBC-4 News shares WeatherBug footage, so don’t be surprised if you see the view “from Friends Community School in College Park” on TV.
Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740