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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.