The Space To Learn page is gradually taking shape. Over the next few months I will share the ways in which I aim to develop outdoor educational technology from our foothold in the Mourne Mountains. Expect live data streams; real world applications of physical technology; and an exploration into new ways in which STEM subjects, creative writing and historical investigations can benefit from a natural environment that is fully plugged in.



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Space To Learn



This is the new Space To Learn page 

Outdoor Educational Technology

Buried deep


There is a corner of an ancient woodland in Northern Ireland in which technology is being tested


The Schoolhouse, Mourne Park


An investigation into outdoor learning


Where there is breathing space

💡How can this space be best equipped and configured to promote learning?

💡The desired outcome is for Primary and Secondary pupils to learn from real-world applications of physical technology

💡 Live data feeds directly into classrooms to provide STEM subjects with concrete examples of how technology can make a meaningful difference in an environmentally sensitive setting.

Connectivity outdoors: subterranean cat 5, Draytek access points -> feeding fibre (FTTP)
Automatic electric gate access 
Outdoor path lighting, power points (20A), security

Camera feeds: remotely monitored / some offline habitat specific / night view

 – examples: ( nesting areas in trees, red squirrel dray, badger route)

Light (Lux)
Humidity (outdoor as %)
Pressure (hPa)

Particles (link): pm1, pm25, pm10, nh3, oxid

Archive conditions (interior humidity and shelving temperature)

All Raspberry Pi powered:

Moisture (soil), pH
Gas (LPG / Propane / Hydrogen link) CO2
Starfield (shooting star detection)
Wind: turbine
Radio frequency analysis (link)
River and stream current: water turbines (link)

Acoustic monitoring, eg (link1) (link2)


Micro:Bit field trials for biodiversity detection and animal habitat monitoring

To see the current particulate readings click here: Live Data Feed Page

Thank you to all of those who have already contributed ideas – very much appreciated!

Water level {via pressure in a tube} and ultrasonic bat detector now under active consideration..


Please email your suggestions to: