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The Eye of a Hurricane: Predicting Disaster in the Atlantic

Target Grade or Age

Grade Level: 4th - 6th

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Duration: 75 minutes

Hurricanes are one of Earth’s most formidable forces. During this program, students will explore hurricanes by learning about their characteristics, reviewing current Atlantic hurricane season information, and discussing the devastating impacts on coastal communities, including Virginia. Students will also dive into how scientific instruments can predict severe weather. Students will explore a mystery scientific artifact from The Mariners Museum and Park Collection when you book this program at the Museum. At the end of the program, students will work collaboratively to build a prototype of a hurricane-proof structure and test it under Category 1 wind conditions.

Duration: 75 minutes

Hurricanes are one of Earth’s most formidable forces. During this program, students will explore hurricanes by learning about their characteristics, reviewing current Atlantic hurricane season information, and discussing the devastating impacts on coastal communities, including Virginia. Scientific investigation and inquiry skills will be practiced by examining two unique barometers from The Mariners’ Museum and Park Collection. At the end of the program, students will work collaboratively to build a prototype of a hurricane-proof structure and test it under 75- mile-per-hour winds.

Duration: 45 minutes

Hurricanes are one of Earth’s most formidable forces. During this program, students will explore hurricanes by learning about their characteristics, reviewing current Atlantic hurricane season information, and discussing the devastating impacts on coastal communities. Students will dive into how scientific instruments can be used to predict severe weather. Scientific investigation and inquiry skills will be practiced by examining two unique barometers from the Museum’s Collection and by developing their own scientific tool to predict a hurricane. Teachers, please note, classes have the option of creating their own simple air barometer after the program to explore their local weather phenomena. A video is provided to walk students through building their barometer. 

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Learning Objectives

Students will gain a better understanding of: 

  • Basic knowledge about hurricanes and where they occur in the world,
  • Information about the most recent Atlantic hurricane seasons,
  • Many technologies help predict severe weather events and long-term climate change, and, 
  • Scientific investigation skills of natural phenomena and historical objects.

Science (VDOE 2018):

  • Elementary: 4.1, 4.4a, 5.1, 5.2, 5.6d, 5.7c, 5.8d
  • Middle: 6.1, 6.3a, 6.4, 6.6 (b,c,d,e,f), 6.7

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • Elementary: 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2, 5-PS1-1, 5-ESS2-1
  • Middle: MS-PS3-3, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2

Principles of Ocean Literacy:

  • 1) The Earth has one big ocean with many features
  • 2) The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth
  • 3) The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate
  • 6) The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

Pricing:

Payment can be made before the program, or we can invoice following your program.

  • Programs at the Museum are $4.50 per student.
    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
  • Programs at your location are $4.50 per student.
  • Virtual education programs are $125 per program.

Reservations are required for all programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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