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Computer Science Students Collect Real-Time Data With Mayfly Data Logger

Computer Science Students Collect Real-Time Data With Mayfly Data Logger

Students at Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania are collaborating with Stroud Water Research Center to deploy water-quality-monitoring sensor stations in a creek that runs through their campus.

A Mayfly sensor station deployed in a stream.

An example of a Mayfly sensor station deployed in a stream.

As part of the school’s Agriculture and Environmental Education pathway, the students are taking the computer science skills they learn in the classroom and applying them to real-world problems in the field. They will be deploying multiple sensor stations built with EnviroDIY’s Mayfly Data Logger.

This is experiential learning at its best: getting kids in the stream, getting them interacting in their environment. — Jesse Yonkovich, Agricultural and Environmental Education Academic Coordinator, Milton Hershey School

The EnviroDIY Mayfly Data Logger is a powerful, user-programmable microprocessor board that is fully compatible with the Arduino IDE software. It features the ATmega1284p processor, which is much more powerful than the 328p chip found on most other Arduino boards. It has four times more flash memory for sketches, 8 times more RAM, and almost twice as many input pins.

Learn More About the Mayfly Data Logger

  • Get hardware details with descriptions about the various connectors and sockets, and the schematic diagram.
  • Follow these software instructions for adding the Mayfly board to your Arduino IDE, then you can program it with some of these sample code sketches.

EnviroDIY.org is an initiative of the Stroud Center. Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world.

About Milton Hershey School
Milton Hershey School® offers a top-notch education, state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology and a wide array of activities to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of low income. This cost-free, private, coeducational school in Hershey, PA is funded by a trust established by Milton and Catherine Hershey. The school provides a positive, structured home life year-round and an excellent education, focusing on the whole child. Our vision centers on high-quality academics, college preparation, career readiness and providing children with the skills necessary to be successful in all aspects of life. Learn more at mhskids.org.

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