Students learn about science, help community

By Sam Gaddes

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some hands-on learning by Sidney high school students also helps the community.

Richard Townsend, a science teacher from the Sidney school district, discussed the high school's flood prediction monitoring system at Tuesday's Binghamton Rotary club meeting.

The school has eight stations across the town that measure river height and rain fall amounts.

The students use this information to make their own predictions and alert local agencies.

"We will alert village officials any time there is any kind of problem where we see potential flooding and therefore they can be constantly updated by us in terms of river levels and how much precipitation is there," said Townsend.

The project started in 2007 in response to the flooding in 2006.

During the flood of 2011, the project gave Sidney residents extra warning which allowed for a quicker response to reduce any potential damage caused by rising waters.

The national weather service also uses the information gathered at the eight Sidney stations.