After seeing that various natural hazards affect different parts of the US, students set out to develop their own protection plans for a natural hazard of their choice. Through research and design, they came up with some very creative and informative ways to educate all types of stakeholders (some images are just screenshots of an interactive "app" but for privacy sake are not hyperlinked). Here are a few examples!
We then returned to our Driving Question Board to answer questions students asked weeks ago. There wasn't a sticky-note left on the board! Here is a sample of questions answered!
And here is our final display with all our natural hazard protection plans on display for our school community to see! Hopefully if they travel to an area that is more prone to a specific natural hazard, they will be prepared and know what to do!
When we launched our tsunami unit, we recognized that there were many other natural hazards. Similar to and different from a tsunami, each natural hazard we identified may be able to be detected and therefore have a chance to warn people ahead of time. Not all natural hazards do this, however, as some sporadically occur without warning. As a result, it is important that people living in high risk areas know what to do.
We used a resource from ARCGis to help us see the risk that various parts of the US have in relation to specific natural disasters.
And after lots of analysis, we figured out that locally here in Boulder County, Colorado, we have a lot of risk for winter weather and wildfires. Next steps: create protection plans for various stakeholders near a natural hazard of our choice!
We agreed that the detection of a tsunami alongside a physical structure to break the wave were only part of our solution. We needed a way to warn people, too! We looked at several examples HERE considering various stakeholders we read about HERE.
We discussed the benefits and drawbacks of each system, considering how various stakeholders would respond to receiving such communication. We then worked to update our Tsunami Chain of Events chart, adding in all the details we've figured out about a Tsunami Protection System!
In 8th grade, we have to figure out what causes natural disasters and develop solutions to mitigate their effects. The 2011 Japan tsunami was carefully selected as a case study, as this even hopefully would have impacted very few students here in CO. As we figure things out, we can connect these ideas to local natural hazards we may have.