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Girls explore STEM's outdoor side in Altamont

July 20, 2018 06:36 PM

ALTAMONT - About 40 young ladies from Schenectady and Albany in the Girls Inc. "Eureka!" program are in the midst of a special summer adventure. They are learning about career opportunities that rely on science, technology, engineering and math.

NewsChannel 13 tagged along on a recent field trip where they learned how one piece of technology can impact everything from apple picking to snow plowing.

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It's called the New York State Mesonet Early Warning Weather Detection System. It's a network of 125 weather stations deployed statewide.

The monitoring stations – like the one NewsChannel 13 saw at Indian Ladder Farms -- do more than help create reliable forecasts. They help with emergency preparedness -- and readings like soil moisture have become particularly useful for farmers.

The Mesonet showed the kids that STEM careers aren't all cooped up indoors. Computers gather and deliver data from the great outdoors.

It helps show that STEM is happening all around you.

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