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Design challenge: Strong, light structures are necessary in constructing buildings (especially in areas with extreme weather) as well as air and space craft.

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Applied Science
Engineering
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National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum
09/06/2022
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Students use a hurricane tracking map to measure the distance from a specific latitude and longitude location of the eye of a hurricane to a city. Then they use the map's scale factor to convert the distance to miles. They also apply the distance formula by creating an x-y coordinate plane on the map. Students are challenged to analyze what data might be used by computer science engineers to write code that generates hurricane tracking models. Then students analyze a MATLAB® computer code that uses the distance formula repetitively to generate a table of data that tracks a hurricane at specific time intervals. Students come to realize that using a computer program to generate the calculations (instead of by hand) is very advantageous for a dynamic situation like tracking storm movements. Their inspection of some MATLAB code helps them understand how it communicates what to do using mathematical formulas, logical instructions and repeated tasks. They also conclude that the example program is too simplistic to really be a useful tool; useful computer model tools must necessarily be much more complex.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Engineering
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Armando Vital
Fritz Claydon
Justin Chang
K. B. Nakshatrala
Rodrigues
Stuart Long
09/18/2014
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Learning ObjectivesFlorida is situated in what is known as the "hurricane alley." This region starts from the west coast of Africa to Florida, and up the Carolinas. This region is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes due to the warm water temperatures. The objective of this lesson is to offer tips and strategies without causing fear to elementary-level students so that students they can be prepared for the event of a hurricane ahead of time.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
Author:
Nancy Margarita Dempsey
10/21/2022
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Students learn what causes hurricanes and what engineers do to help protect people from destruction caused by hurricane winds and rain. Research and data collection vessels allow for scientists and engineers to model and predict weather patterns and provide forecasts and storm warnings to the public. Engineers are also involved in the design and building of flood-prevention systems, such as levees and floodwalls. During the 2005 hurricane season, levees failed in the greater New Orleans area, contributing to the vast flooding and destruction of the historic city. In the associated activity, students learn how levees work, and they build their own levees and put them to the test!

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Engineering
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Abby Watrous
Brian Kay
Denise W. Carlson
Janet Yowell
Karen King
Kate Beggs
09/18/2014
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Do you have what it takes to fly through the eye of a massive hurricane? Find out by learning about First Lt. Garrett Black, a member of the USAF 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.

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Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Physical Science
Social Science
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Activity/Lab
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National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
09/29/2022
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Students are introduced to our planet's structure and its dynamic system of natural forces through an examination of the natural hazards of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis, floods and tornados, as well as avalanches, fires, hurricanes and thunderstorms. They see how these natural events become disasters when they impact people, and how engineers help to make people safe from them. Students begin by learning about the structure of the Earth; they create clay models showing the Earth's layers, see a continental drift demo, calculate drift over time, and make fault models. They learn how earthquakes happen; they investigate the integrity of structural designs using model seismographs. Using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows, they create and test structures in a simulated earthquake on a tray of Jell-O. Students learn about the causes, composition and types of volcanoes, and watch and measure a class mock eruption demo, observing the phases that change a mountain's shape. Students learn that the different types of landslides are all are the result of gravity, friction and the materials involved. Using a small-scale model of a debris chute, they explore how landslides start in response to variables in material, slope and water content. Students learn about tsunamis, discovering what causes them and makes them so dangerous. Using a table-top-sized tsunami generator, they test how model structures of different material types fare in devastating waves. Students learn about the causes of floods, their benefits and potential for disaster. Using riverbed models made of clay in baking pans, students simulate the impact of different river volumes, floodplain terrain and levee designs in experimental trials. They learn about the basic characteristics, damage and occurrence of tornadoes, examining them closely by creating water vortices in soda bottles. They complete mock engineering analyses of tornado damage, analyze and graph US tornado damage data, and draw and present structure designs intended to withstand high winds.

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Applied Science
Engineering
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
04/10/2009
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Students are introduced to natural disasters, and learn the difference between natural hazards and natural disasters. They discover the many types of natural hazards avalanche, earthquake, flood, forest fire, hurricane, landslide, thunderstorm, tornado, tsunami and volcano as well as specific examples of natural disasters. Students also explore why understanding these natural events is important to engineers and everyone's survival on our planet.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Engineering
Geology
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Geoffrey Hill
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
09/18/2014
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Students design and build their own model levees. Acting as engineers for their city, teams create sturdy barriers to prevent water from flooding a city in the event of a hurricane.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Hydrology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail Watrous
Brian Kay
Denise W. Carlson
Janet Yowell
Karen King
Katherine Beggs
10/14/2015
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Remote Sensing is the gathering of data remotely. This data is gathered from satellites, airplanes, and even drones flying through hurricanes.

Subject:
Applied Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
11/04/2021
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Have you ever wondered what happens inside the eye of a hurricane? Find out what it's like and why it is important to study these storms from space, the ground, and in an airplane.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
04/11/2019
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This course examines the science of natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and hurricanes and explores the relationships between the science of and policy toward such hazards. It presents the causes and effects of these phenomena, discusses their predictability, and examines how this knowledge influences policy making. This course includes intensive practice in the writing and presentation of scientific research and summaries for policy makers.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Connor, Jane
Emanuel, Kerry
Rondenay, Stephane
02/01/2010
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This course examines the science of natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and hurricanes and explores the relationships between the science of and policy toward such hazards. It presents the causes and effects of these phenomena, discusses their predictability, and examines how this knowledge influences policy making. This course includes intensive practice in the writing and presentation of scientific research and summaries for policy makers.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Syllabus
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jane Connor
Kerry Emanuel
Stephane Rondenay
01/01/2009
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Students employ the full engineering design process to research and design prototypes that could be used to solve the loss of sea turtle life during a hurricane. During Hurricane Irma, Florida lost a large proportion of its sea turtle nests. Protecting these nests from natural disasters or even human influence is an essential component of conservation in Florida, since only one hatchling in every thousand survives to adulthood. In this activity, students learn about sea turtle nesting behaviors and environmental impacts of hurricanes. Students work collaboratively to build structures that could protect a single sea turtle nest, or an entire beach, in the event of a hurricane or other similar weather disaster. Then, students present their solutions to concerned stakeholders. As an optional extension, students can build prototypes using 3D printers or 3D pens.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Activities
Author:
Mackenzie McNickle
07/24/2019
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This is a 4th grade science lesson on severe weather.  It includes information about tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorms.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Author:
Ramey Crawford
05/26/2020
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Students learn that wind and storms can form at the boundaries of interacting high and low pressure air masses. They learn the distinguishing features of the four main types of weather fronts (warm fronts, cold fronts, stationary fronts and occluded fronts) and how those fronts are depicted on a surface weather analysis, or weather map. Students also learn several different ways that engineers help with storm prediction, analysis and protection.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Engineering
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Glen Sirakavit
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Marissa Forbes
09/18/2014
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So what exactly can be be captured from space and how is satellite imagery being used today?

Subject:
Applied Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
National Air and Space Museum
Author:
National Air and Space Museum
10/10/2017
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This resource was created by Jason Smith, in collaboration with Lynn Bowder, as part of ESU2's Mastering the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and experiential learning.

Subject:
Life Science
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Arts ESU2
02/10/2022
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This resource was created by Dave Privett, in collaboration with Lynn Bowder, as part of ESU2's Mastering the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and experiential learning.

Subject:
Life Science
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Arts ESU2