Working to enhance science, math and technology skills, Bridgehampton School’s sixth graders participated in a virtual disaster response simulation. They monitored a volcano that was erupting on the island of Montserrat while a Category 3 hurricane was approaching the island.
The students linked with Wheeling Jesuit University’s Center for Educational Technologies in Wheeling, West Virginia, to participate in e-Mission: Operation Montserrat, which launched on June 13. The Center developed the distance learning program that connected the flight director at the center with students around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.
The students worked as Earth science experts, becoming members of the volcano, hurricane, evacuation or communication team during the mission, and were tasked to make split-second decisions to save lives in the innovative learning program.
For Bridgehampton teacher Kameron Kaiser, the e-Mission was a new way to introduce Earth science into classroom instruction. Prior to the scheduled e-Mission, Kaiser was among the educators to receive professional development on effective use of educational technology in their classrooms and to learn about the e-Mission and how to incorporate the preflight curriculum into daily lesson plans.
“They had fun and did great!” Kaiser said of the students’ involvement.
Date Added: 6/16/2022