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7th Graders are Masters of Disasters

7th Graders are Masters of Disasters

7th Grade Masters of Disasters: Students Put Science Skills and Knowledge to The Test

In the dynamic world of science education, engaging students in hands-on projects is key to fostering a deeper understanding of natural phenomena. All 7th-grade students in Mrs. Sosnovik, Mrs. Eby, and Ms. Whitesides' science classes, embarked on an exciting journey to explore the forces of nature through a project centered around their study of tornadoes and hurricanes. This project not only provided valuable insights into these powerful weather events but also encouraged teamwork and problem-solving skills.

The project began with an in-depth study of tornadoes and hurricanes. Students delved into the science behind these natural disasters, learning about the atmospheric conditions that lead to their formation, the destructive forces they unleash, and the measures taken to mitigate their impact. Armed with this knowledge, the students were ready to apply their learning in a hands-on and creative manner.

To enhance the learning experience, and apply their knowledge, the students were organized into collaborative groups. Each group was tasked with collecting materials, and designing and building a model that could withstand simulated tornado and/or hurricane conditions. This collaborative approach not only encouraged teamwork but also allowed students to benefit from diverse perspectives, personal experiences, and skills within their groups.

Each group set out to design and construct a model that could replicate a small community including roads, bridges, and building structures, such as homes and schools.  The challenge was to create a structure without modifications and similar buildings with modification to the structure capable of withstanding the simulated forces of a tornado or hurricane. Students had to consider various factors, including wind speed, precipitation, structural integrity to ensure the resilience of their models.

Once the models were completed, the classroom transformed into a simulated disaster zone. The students eagerly awaited their turn to subject their creations to the simulated extreme weather conditions. Teachers fans and water sprays to mimic the forces of nature. This hands-on experience allowed students to witness the real-life challenges faced by engineers and architects, as well as develop empathy for those dealing with the loss of a home, school, transportation, etc.  

As the simulated weather conditions unfolded, students observed and analyzed the performance of their models. Some structures withstood the forces admirably, showcasing the success of the design and construction process. Others faced challenges, highlighting the need for further refinement and improvements. This critical analysis provided valuable insights into the principles of engineering and architecture, as well as the importance of disaster-resistant design.

The 7th-grade science project on tornadoes and hurricanes proved to be an exciting and educational journey for students. By combining theoretical knowledge with hands-on application, students not only gained a deeper understanding of natural disasters but also developed crucial skills in teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. As they shared their findings and experiences, the classroom buzzed with enthusiasm, leaving a lasting impact on the students' appreciation for the forces of nature and the importance of resilience in the face of adversity.

Image below is of one of the final creations made by Mrs. Sosnovik's students. It was able to withstand the simulated weather conditions.