Duke Energy Foundation awards $27,495 grant to Brown County Schools to join WeatherBug® network

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PLAINFIELD, IND. - The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $27,495 to the Brown County School Corporation in Nashville, Ind., to purchase and install a WeatherBug® weather station, enabling the school to join the SkyTrak 13 WeatherBug Schools Program.

The weather station provides meteorological data for broadcast and online use. It is also used to enhance science, technology and math school curriculums using the WeatherBug Achieve program. The program helps students better understand the science of meteorology.

Another important aspect of the program is the lightning sensor and outdoor alerting system that will help keep students safe during outdoor activities, practices and games.

"We are excited to give our students this opportunity to help bring science to life," said Brown County Schools Superintendent David Shaffer. "The weather station and software will give students the chance to further their understanding about weather and climate using current technology."

"Duke Energy continues to explore new and innovative methods for promoting interest in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines," said Chip Orben, Duke Energy community relations manager for Brown County. "The future of our economy hinges in large part on producing workers with these STEM skills."

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For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® using the world's largest weather and climate networks. Our sensors across the planet keep consumers, businesses, and governments informed, updated, and alerted. Our popular WeatherBug® apps and website provide neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to more than 30 million people monthly. Enterprises such as schools, airports, professional sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our Early Warning Solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize operations. Know Before™. Learn more at http://www.earthnetworks.com/.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy Indiana's operations provide about 7,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 800,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state's largest electric supplier. More information about the company is available at: http://www.duke-energy.com/.