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Pre Mission Prep


Preparation Checklist

Practice Data Answer Key

Team Materials

Classroom Setup

Computer Setup

Computer Setup  
What is needed
    1. Videoconferencing system (a computer with a web cam at a minimum)
    2. 4 Computers
    3. Software (free and available on the Internet)
    4. Internet link
    5. LCD Projector
    6. Printer (network, optional)
    7. Digital camera (optional)
  • All computers (a student Research Team is optional) are linked to the Internet.
  • The Communications Team uses the videoconferencing system as well as one computer that requires the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. The videoconferencing system can be a dedicated videoconference unit such as Polycom or Tandberg or a computer equipped with a webcam, a microphone, speakers, and videoconferencing software such as Microsoft Netmeeting.
  • The videoconferencing system also permits Mission Control to see the students during the mid-mission and end-of-mission briefings.
    The Volcano, Hurricane, and Evacuation Teams (Computers #2, #3, and #4) require up-to-date versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
  • All required software is specified below.
  • A computer projection device and a large screen located in the front of the room permits the students to see the Mission Commander and watch several videos during the mission.It is also helpful for the students to see the "chat" window on a big screen.
  • A digital camera is valuable for recording the excitement of the mission.

Note: A computer lab may be too crowded. Typically labs are arranged in permanent rows. This does not permit team communications or the required flow of foot traffic.

Communications Team (2 students in front of room)

  • 1 H.323 Videoconference System. (Either standalone unit or computer based)
  • 1 computer
  • Internet link
  • LCD projector
If you have a standalone Videoconferencing system you have to make sure it is connected using IP.

Hurricane, Volcano and (Optional) Research Team Locations
Hurricane and Volcano Teams have between 4 and 8 students and should be located on the sides of the room. The optional Research Team should have between 2 and 4 students, all located at the rear center of room. The technology requirements for these teams are the following:

  • 2-3 Computers (one per team)
  • Optional Printer (network)

Connection Procedures

  • H.323 IP Videoconference System: Get the IP number from the Challenger Learning Center – WJU, plug it in your system and dial at 384 kb

The other computer of the Communication team will be used for the Student Board of communication. In the Internet Explorer you will need to type the following URL: http://www.e-missions.net/om2012/mission/