A School-2-school interactive event was held at St. Monica’s Senior High School at Asante Mampong in Ghana. The event was at a request of the host teacher who has just taken over the responsibility of the TAHMO Station.
It was a short and successful event. The opportunity was to provide students with the following:
- Brief background of TAHMO and its activities;
- TAHMO station – parts and how it works, type of data collected and access to the data;
- Importance of weather stations and climatic data; and the
- School-2-School Initiative.
The students and teachers were made aware of TAHMO and its activities. TAHMO operates 600+ Automatic weather stations on the African continent. These stations are located in 23 countries in Africa. TAHMO supports all the national meteorological agencies that it works with by providing access to its’ data.
TAHMO stations collects data for all the weather parameters – solar radiation (sunshine hours), rainfall, wind speed, wind direction, temperature, relative humidity and atmospheric pressure. These sensors were pointed out to them as well as the data logger that stores and transmit the data.
Climate or weather data borders on security, as reliable and accurate data help save the environment, lives and properties. Weather related disasters like flooding and drought impact can be minimized with accurate and reliable data. This will help provide adequate warning to the people in the affected region, area or community ahead of the impending disaster. The students were made to understand and appreciate these as critical use of weather or climatic data.
The sch2sch Initiative is the platform designed to link or connect the schools that hosts TAHMO stations. To ensure this, access to the data from the station in the school is given, educational materials to support teaching and learning and regular interaction sessions are also provided. This is to ensure the station is not detached but facilitates learning at the school.
The TAHMO school-2-School program brings excitement as TAHMO host schools are informed, educated and entertained on this platform.
St. Monica’s Senior High School is a single sex (girls) school located at Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. It is one of the top schools in the region and the country at large. It offers avenue for students to study science, business and arts. The school became a TAHMO school in 2017 when it hosted a station.