Prevent a Hurricane

Authentic Learning | Infusion Level

Subject: Science

Objectives

  • Students will work in cooperative groups of four to investigate hurricanes and invent a way to diffuse or redirect a hurricane before it becomes destructive.
  • They will present their final solution with a prototype model and a digital presentation.
  • The final projects will be presented to a team of professors using AV technology.

Procedure

  • As scientists, mathematicians, technologists, and sociologists, they will investigate the cause and effect of hurricanes that develop in the Atlantic Ocean. Their job is to gather information on past hurricanes and use this information to support a theoretical method to defuse or redirect a hurricane before it becomes destructive.
  • The scientist will: 1. Identify the four conditions necessary for a hurricane to form. 2. Define the stages of development of a hurricane. 3. List the factors that determine the category of a hurricane.
  • The mathematician will: 1. Choose three hurricanes and graph the wind speeds of these hurricanes. Determine the factor that causes the wind speeds to change. 2. Graph the path at least three hurricanes to determine if there is a geometric pattern.
  • The sociologist will: 1. Locate and download a variety of maps that include the regions in which most Atlantic hurricanes occur. 2. Label all landmasses including hemispheres and continents. 3. Identify the effects of a hurricane on commerce, food supply, healthcare/disease, communication, roads, shelter, and power.
  • The technologist will: 1. Act as consultant to the other members of the group. 2. Provide technical support. 3. Gather information from team and enter into final presentation.

Technology Present

  • Computers
  • Internet access

Grade Level: 6-8

Note: The TIM is about teaching, not technology. The placement of videos on the TIM is based entirely on the teaching practices demonstrated in the lesson and not on the specific technology employed. Simple or even out-dated technology can be used at the higher levels of technology integration just as the latest or most complex technology can be used at lower levels.

Video Reference Number: 1115

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