Students use TUVA Labs data analysis and data literacy tools to describe and interpret hurricane data from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center about recent North Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms. They research storm damage related to hurricanes and create a proposal for placement of a new hurricane damage mitigation structure. The interactive program provides an introduction to the issue of hurricane mitigation using an essential question, a task, and an anchoring phenomenon. Students read and respond online to questions to progress through the lesson.
To create a map, in the Dataset view, students select “Latitude” as the y-axis and “Longitude” as the x-axis from the attributes column, and also select “Name” a scatter plot is created showing the path of individual hurricanes including Hurricane Sandy and 19 other hurricanes in the North Atlantic region. Students would need to refer to a map showing the East Coast of the United States and the Atlantic Ocean to align the coordinates of the hurricanes with landmasses to determine possible sites where future hurricanes will make landfall.
In order to save the scatterplots and other charts they create using the data tool, students could use a “Snipping Tool” or other application to copy and paste the diagrams into a Word document to save for future reference.
The data in the table can be manipulated by the students to show various relationships, such as the relationship between latitude and wind speed. Each data point has a link to information about the storm – name, location, barometric pressure, etc. Students can review and revise their responses. The teacher can assess and comment on their postings online.
Tuva Labs requires that teachers register and then add their students. The data lab is free. The lesson would take several days to complete, depending on the depth of analysis of data.
The link to the data set: https://tuvalabs.com/datasets/hurricane_sandy_her_brothers_and_sisters/activities
The link to the lesson plan: https://tuvalabs.com/datasets/hurricane_sandy_her_brothers_and_sisters/activities/view/405
Teachers should note that limited information is provided for guiding students to successfully complete the lesson. It may be most appropriate for students who have met expectations and need additional challenges.