Apocalyptic Math, Engineering and Ethics
Come on an apocalyptic journey as we explore engineering, ethics, and math. Design a simple shelter to brave the falling ash from a volcano; think about what you would do if you met another survivor of a disaster in our Friend or Foe lesson; and solve problems with math as you travel through the disaster area. You can also learn about volcanoes from geologist Jim Walker and Ashfall author Mike Mullin.
Grade Levels: 3-8
In this lesson students will use the Engineering Design Process to construct a model shelter that could be used for protection from the falling ash that results after a volcanic eruption.
Grade Levels: 6-12
In this lesson, students will participate in a writing activity and in-depth discussion about whether it is possible to hold on to one’s humanity during a catastrophic disaster.
Using only 4 large index cards, 4 straws, 1 sheet of construction paper, and 1 foot of masking tape, build a structure that will withstand large amounts of ash fall (flour). Slowly pour one cup at a time onto your shelter. Take a picture of your structure before the ash fall and after collapse. Send us your before and after photos and let us know how much flour (in cups, grams, or pounds) your structure was able to take before it collapsed.
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