Overview Lessons & Materials Pre Mission Prep. Mission Day Assessment Student Pages

Pre Mission Prep


Preparation Checklist

Practice Data Answer Key

Team Materials

Classroom Setup

Computer Setup

Classroom Setup

Number of Students:

What Happens during the Mission? - A Snapshot
During the e-Mission there are four, and possibly five, student teams with 2 to 8 students on a team: Communications Team (2), Hurricane Team (4-8), Volcano Team (4-8), Evacuation Team (4-8), and the optional Research Team (2-4). The number of students in your class will determine the number of teams and student assignments.
Each team should have a separate table or group of desks to work at and some nearby wall space or a blackboard, etc., upon which they can record the current status of the situation (Graphic Organizer). The Communications Team should be located towards the front of the room. The Evacuation Team should be located in the back or center of the room.
It is important to arrange the team areas in the room so that team messengers can walk to and from the other teams as needed, without interfering with the ongoing work and without tripping on computer or printer cables. In addition, the team areas should be positioned to allow everyone to observe the large projection screen in front of the class.
Every four to five minutes the Hurricane and Volcano Teams receive data via computer. Each interval between data reports represents 2 hours of time for the Hurricane Team and 1 hour for the Volcano team. After a team receives its data, team members make the appropriate calculations, complete the charts and graphs, assess the situation, and complete Report Forms. The team messengers will take a copy of the Report Form to the Evacuation Team and the Communications Team. The Evacuation Team will analyze the situation based upon the reports it receives and then its messenger will carry a report to the Communications Team for transmission to Mission Control.