e-Mission Operation Montserrat
Operation Montserrat, a new electronic mission, connects a flight director at
the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky in Hazard, Kentucky with a classroom
anywhere in the world for a unique learning adventure. With the help of
computers, the internet and a small video camera, students interact with the
flight director at the Challenger Center to track the hurricane, predict
volcanic rock fall and determine how these conditions will impact the islands
air, land, water and vegetation.
During the two-hour electronic Mission of Operation Montserrat, students
participate as Earth Systems science experts and are members on the volcano,
hurricane, or communication teams. Operation Montserrat engages students to
work as scientists to solve problems in real-life situations such as:
- What impact will winds and falling ash from the volcano have on plant life?
- How far is the hurricane from the island?
- Should residents be evacuated and, if so, what are the possible routes?
The mission challenges students to apply their mathematics and science
knowledge to a real-life event.
Operation Montserrat is an interactive method for teachers to effectively
utilize technology in the classroom. This program meets state and national
education standards in the areas of mathematics and science and is a new way to
introduce Earth science into the classroom. Prior to the mission, teachers will
participate in a one-day training that includes pre-flight curriculum and
technology support to assist in preparation for mission day.
The giant awakens and the skies darken as ash and soot rain down on a remote
tropical island. The ticking time bomb, dormant for many years, has awakened
and residents of Montserrat Island worry about their fate. As the erupting
volcanos lava begins to devastate the countryside, Challenger Learning
Center scientists learn a hurricane is approaching. During the process of
transmitting information about the volcano and hurricane to Mission Control, a
satellite gathering vital life-saving data malfunctions.
With this medley of disasters looming the Challenger Learning Center scrambles
to assemble a team of specialists to assist the island residents. Students from
across the country become Emergency Response Specialists in a new electronic
distance learning program, Operation Montserrat.
e-Mission Operation Montserrat offered for 8th-12th grade students, $550.00 per