TAHMO

How to become a Sister School

Interested in joining the TAHMO initiative?

Read through the following information and criteria to see if your school would be a good match for the TAHMO program.

Currently, TAHMO is actively engaging in new schools in the United States, the Netherlands, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

School-2-School Program

TAHMO partners schools throughout Africa with sister schools in the United States and Europe. Partner schools work together to fundraise the cost of sensors and necessary fencing materials for each school to set up their own weather station. We ask that African sister schools help by fundraising to cover 10% of station start-up costs and other equipment, while US and European schools cover 90% of start-up material costs. Additional fundraising can be done to cover expenses such as laptop computers for data access and analysis.

Throughout fundraising, our TAHMO technical staff work with schools to stay motivated, communicate with one another, and raise funds. TAHMO staff conduct site visits to get to know teachers and students while preparing logistically for installations. As fundraising goals are reached, our TAHMO technical staff deliver an in-person training to school staff members about weather station function and minor maintenance aspects, and they install stations at our partner schools. These stations upload data automatically to an internet server and schools are provided with software and classroom education tools to view and analyze the local weather data that their station is recording. When schools do not have computer resources for data analysis, we ask that U.S./European sister schools help fundraise to purchase these tools. The data can be used to enhance activities with sister schools across the globe by comparing climates and weather, many of the TAHMO lesson plans provided make use of real-time weather data in the classroom. The weather information is also shared publicly for through TAHMO’s website for additional research and agricultural applications.

Partnership Commitment

TAHMO school partners commit to:

  • Provide a safe outdoor location for the permanent placement of a weather station.
  • Assign 2 invested staff members as contacts for the weather station (one primary contact and one secondary). Contacts must attend a TAHMO training on the basics of weather station equipment use and maintenance. Contacts can be teachers who are using the equipment for classroom education or other school staff, such as administrators.
  • Integrate the weather station and collected data into the educational program / curriculum, interact in a classroom exchange with their sister school, and provide feedback on educational activities and data accessibility. Teachers must attend a professional development workshop about TAHMO education modules and applying activities in the classroom.
  • Fundraise to cover the initial station installation and support costs for 3 years (estimated at 3,000 USD per station). Additional fundraising may be necessary if schools lack internet connectivity or a power supply.

Partnership Request Form

Please send an email to the School-2-School program with the following information and we will follow up with your partnership request:

  • What is your school’s full name, and where exactly is it located?
  • How many students and teachers does the school have, and what is the grade range?
  • Do you have power at the school, and how common are power outages?
  • Do you have internet or computers at your school?
  • Do you have cell phone service at the school? Do you have 3G cell phone capacity at the school?
  • Do you have a site that is approximately 10m by 10m for the station to be installed? Please send a photo of your school and the proposed installation site if possible.
  • Does your school have a website? Please send the link if you have one.

Partnership Expectations

If you are interested in joining a school partnership, the following is a list of expectations for being part of the program:

  • Communication a minimum of 4x per year with assigned sister school
  • Download access for weather station data from both your own school and your sister school from the School-2-School website at school2school.net (login and password requires- email TAHMO representative to set one up for your school)
  • Preferred Communication Method: Handwritten Student Letters- each student in a class writes a letter, teacher collects and scans letters, emailing to sister school teacher, the teacher receiving the letters will prints and distribute a letter to each student in the class
  • Suggested communication topics
    • Class introduction (Name, grade, age, school name and location, local climate and weather, class photos are nice, Example Introduction Letter)
    • Compare and contrast TAHMO weather station data from your school and your sister school (choose at least one parameter, look at different time scales)
    • Discuss and answer one of the weather related questions (choose from list of example conversation from Example_Discussion_Topics document or come up with your own topic)
    • Cultural topics (cultural festivals, holidays, summer plans, hobbies, what they want to be when they grow up, a relevant science/math/geography topic covered in class, etc, Example Hobby Letter)
    • Short video message showing a hands-on science experiment (please include experiment instructions and follow-up questions, Example: Anemometer_Classroom_Activity and Wind Meter Calculations)