Weather and Radio Tower Stationed at Sci-Tech Discovery Center Sci-Tech to Participate in Boy Scouts 55th Jamboree on the Air

FRISCO, Texas, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Climatologists rank change and water conservation as the two most important challenges of the 21st century and Sci-TechDiscovery Center("Sci-Tech") wants to discover the science of weather in North Texas.  On Saturday, September 8, volunteers will complete the installation of the Sci-Tech weather station sensors and an array of radio antennas. 

The commercial grade tower assembly weighs nearly 700 lbs and rises 75 feet above the ground.  The Sci-Tech weather station and radio assembly were provided by grants from the Brandenburg Life Foundation and the Goldblatt Family Trusts.  Rotating teams led by Kipton Moravec, President of Plano Amateur Radio Klub and Walter Lemmons, President of McKinney Amateur Radio Club coordinated the drawings, engineering and physical installation.

"We are so thankful to the Brandenburg Life Foundation and the Goldblatt Family Trust for making the installation of this technology possible," says Brad Bush, Chairman of the Sci-Tech Board of Directors.  "The addition of this equipment will allow us to provide discovery experiences to Sci-Tech visitors." 

Sci-Tech hosted more than 70,000 visitors in 2011.  Outreach programs to area school districts are expected to exceed 35,000 students increasing the total visitors to more than 85,000 in 2012-13.  Additionally, more than 600 elementary and middle-school students attended camps at Sci-Tech this summer. The "Wild Weather" campers received a personal visit from David Reimer of Texas Storm Chasers, up-to-date information on weather safety, and saw the actual storm chase vehicle that has significant evidence of dents incurred by hail damage.  Dr. Dotty Woodson from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service visited the "Splash" campers this summer and spoke about the importance of water and how climate change affects the residents of North Texas.

Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to satisfy part of the requirements needed to earn their radio merit badge October 20-21, 2012 since Sci-Tech will be participating in the 55th Jamboree on the Air ("JOTA").  The World Scout Bureau reported that nearly 750,000 Scouts participated in the 2011 JOTA from more than 6,000 amateur radio stations.  Multi-mode communication access will be available to all attending troops in uniform.   

The Sci-Tech weather station is now featured on the WeatherBug Network, a resource utilized by WFAA.com and other local news stations.  Sci-Tech will also benefit from unlimited access to the WeatherBug Achieve education program. The Achieve program integrates weather science and geography into a complete classroom experience for grades K-12 and will be used for year-round learning activities. Sci-Tech instructors benefit from access to a continually updated curriculum and campers can use the information to compare their weather conditions with other stations nationwide and internationally located.

Sci-Tech is currently closed to visitors but scheduled to premier Animal Grossology on September 22 and feature the exhibit until December 30, 2012.  Additional upcoming event details are available by visiting www.MindStretchingFun.org.

About Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Responding to community demand for a cultural and educational destination, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Inc. ("Sci-Tech") was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2004 as a multi-year initiative of the Junior League of Collin County, formerly known as the Junior League of Plano.  Since then Sci-Tech has found a permanent home in Collin County at the Frisco Discovery Center and offers hands-on exhibits to the next generation of engineers, scientists, educators, and innovators.  Sci-Tech provides dynamic education experiences to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math and technology.   For more information please visit www.mindstretchingfun.org.    

Media Contact:

Cece Liekar Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 2146958192, cece.liekar@scitechdiscovery.org  

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