Project 1: Tracking El Nino's Impact

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Glen Edwards - Phys. Ed./Science Teacher
(gedwards@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Donna Wall - Math Teacher
(dwall@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: St. Francis Xavier Elementary
26 Price's Avenue
Grand Falls-Windsor, NF
A2B 1C9
Tel: (709) 489-2127
Grade Level: Grades 7-9
Number of Students: 15 - 20 students from Grades 7-9. However, as the project gets underway, larger number of students will become involved.
Project Start and Finish Dates: January '98 - June '98 with the intent of creating a database that can be accessed in the future by other grades.

  Project Overview

The intent of this project is to track how climate is being affected by El Nino from its source to it termination point. This is to include local changes as compared to past climatic patterns.

To do this, students will access the Internet and effectively communicate, compile, and interpret collected data. This will require ongoing contact with a number of sources from across regions of the continent. Students will be responsible of reorganizing information as it becomes available. Data will then be gathered into a proper framework for presentation.

While working on the goals of this project, students will become familiar with the Internet as an effective communication and learning tool.

  Curriculum Connections

What Curriculum Objectives Are Being Met?

Technology Education:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic communications principles of encoding, decoding, transmitting, receiving, storing and retrieving.
  • Understand the nature and characteristics of a variety of media and communications systems.
  • Explore new and emerging communications systems.
  • Develop a rationale for solving a particular and effectively communicate that rationale to others.
  • Employ language and terminology of communication processes and communication tools.

Social Studies:

  • To provide an opportunity to obtain a global view of climatic change.
  • To obtain an awareness of the social issues and challenges presented by this phenomenon.
  • To explore weather patterns, the people who study weather, and the instruments used in this process.
  • To develop an understanding of various career opportunities related to the field of meteorology.

Science (General Learner Outcomes):

  • Appreciation of the need for technical devices and processes to serve human needs.
  • Appreciation of the contribution of science to the solution of practical problems.
  • Awareness of alternatives in the approach to technological problems.
  • Willingness to take the initiative in dealing with practical problems.
  • Confidence in using scientific and technological knowledge for informed personal decision making.

  Evaluation

Students will carefully be monitored to determine if they have successfully achieved the Learning Outcomes of the project. Anecdotal records of the lead teachers regarding student performance will be based on observations of students while in the computer lab.

All students will be expected to keep updated reports on their on-line investigations, findings, etc., and emphasis will be placed on their research skills. They will also be evaluated on their final presentations to the rest of their junior high peers (i.e., oral/visual presentation).

We feel that this project will greatly enhance the students' ability to effectively use the Internet as a valuable and accessible educational tool.

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