Create inexpensive hail pads - Citizen Science Contest
CREATE INEXPENSIVE HAIL PADS
Background: The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers take and submit measurements of rain, hail, and snow precipitation. These observations are made available for use by the National Weather Service, meteorologists, emergency managers, and others.
The Problem: Hail pads are essential to CoCoRaHS's mission to measure, map, and study hail. Each pad consists of a 12" by 12" square of Styrofoam covered in Heavy Duty Aluminum foil. However, in recent years, these materials have tripled in cost, which has greatly reduced the number of hail pads that can be produced and distributed.
The Challenge: Create a cheaper hail pad that can measure the number, size, and orientation of hail stones.
Enter now! Contest closes January 21, 2013