Investigating Natural Disasters Using ArcGIS

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Geospatial Inquiry Mapping Project

Students will use ArcGIS to investigate the impact of an area’s natural disaster potential to disrupt power supplies (and other utilities) in the United States. The task is for students to manipulate ArcGIS layers (creatively thinking about what factors qualify as “hazardous”) to identify and prepare for potential natural disasters at various levels of society (personal, family, neighborhood, city, county, state or regional). Students will create an ArcGIS map, which shows the layers they chose that has the greatest potential to impact a sizable population and to discuss ways that a sector of society should prepare for such a natural disaster.  Students will present their map and their geospatial analysis, decision-making process and individual/community action plan to the class in a Power Point and Public Service Announcement (PSA) format.

Project Based Geospatial Lesson_2014


Electric Magnets and Electric Fields

The purpose of this unit of study is to allow students the opportunity to learn more about electromagnets, electricity and magnetic fields.  Students will be introduced to multiple vocabulary terminology while they work through creating electromagnets, generators, electric currents making it possible for them to explain the relationship between earth’s magnetic force and that of an electromagnet.  They will develop ways to communicate their findings with the use of a generator to create electricity only using magnet and wire.


Future of the Power Grid

Students will consider the future of the power grid in light of the data they have been studying about consumption and production if nothing is done to improve the grid, upgrade the grid, and/or change human behaviors.  Students will present suggestions for quick solutions that we could do today and participate in a classroom discussion about Smart grids.

Lesson 7- the future of the grid

History of the Power Grid

In this lesson students will explore the evolution of the power grid.  Students will be assigned a specific scientist/inventor, time period, or event that contributed to the evolution of the power grid to research and then present to the class.  They will create a one-page document  (AVID Strategy) that will become part of a time-line to be put in the classroom.

Lesson 5-birth of a power grid