Race is on for Sensor Sprint

Date published: 4 October 2019

Townsville City Council is inviting the Townsville community to build, code and deploy sensors used in weather stations at Saturday’s Sensor Sprint.

The event is a partnership between Council and James Cook University’s eResearch Centre to teach people how to build these sensors to gather data across Townsville.

Community Health and Environment Chair Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it was a great opportunity for kids interested in STEM or families wanting to learn something new together.

“This is a really cool project, because you can learn to build, code and also deploy these little environmental sensors,” Cr Greaney said.

“They’ll then be used to collect localised weather data, which will help us understand about Townsville’s micro climates.”

Cr Greaney said this could be a ground-breaking event.

“If you come along you’ll be part of the action that will hopefully make Townsville the first city in Australia to have real time temperature heat mapping,” she said.

“The plan is to make 50 micro weather stations, so come along and be part of this great event.”

The Sensor Sprint runs from 8.30am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday 5 October.