Man has been trying to modify the weather for centuries. Can the current technological advances allow us to do this? Should we?
Students will attempt to answer these questions by first understanding the elements that affect the weather. Using weather instruments, students will learn to collect weather data. Through collaborative work, class discussions, and Internet research, the students will gain skills that will allow them to analyze patterns in the data. The new insight that the students gain will be applied to the study of weather disturbances.
As a culminating activity, students will break up into groups to do research on current trends and issues on weather modification. Each group must decide if they are for or against weather modification. For groups who are in favor of weather modification, they will pretend to be a company that offers weather modification services, while groups not favoring weather modification will act as environmental advocates and will promote the negative effects of modifying the weather. They will publish these supporting information on a web site which they will develop for their group. Each group will be given 15 minutes to report to class and present their web site.
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Day 1 (Activities on Basic Weather Elements)
Days 2 to 4 (The Interrelationships of the Basic Weather Elements)
Days 5 to 6 (Weather Disturbances)
Days 7 to 8 (Research on Weather Modification)
Days 9 to 10 (Report Preparation and Sharing)
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A different set of materials with more detailed discussions will be provided. Links to additional information on the Internet for access at home.
Gifted students will be provided with Microsoft Excel* templates to allow them to experiment with different variables. Simple formulae for some weather elements that the students can transform into a Microsoft Excel* template.
Additional work on weather modification focusing on the following topics may also be given to gifted students:
For the visual learners, the activities will be in the form of simulations.
Group outputs will be evaluated using the following evaluation tools:
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Alvin Flores, a former staff of UP NISMED who participated in the Intel® Teach to the Future Training last March 2003, developed this Unit Plan. This is the enhanced version of Mr. Flores’ training output.