The giant awakens and the skies darken as ash and soot rain down on a remote tropical island. The volcano-now a ticking time bomb-has come to life once again and the residents of Montserrat worry about their fate.
As flaming pebbles and lava begin to devastate the countryside, emergency response teams learn a hurricane is approaching. Fortunately, a Space Shuttle is dispatched to make repairs on a satellite that will transmit data about the hurricane and volcano to teams here on earth.
With this medley of disasters looming, Mission Control scrambles to assemble a team of specialists to assist the island residents.
- Will the hurricane reach the Island?
- Will the volcano explode?
- Will the residents need to be evacuated?
Operation Montserrat is an electronic mission that challenges students to apply skills learnt in the classroom to a 'real-life' crisis situation. During the two-hour e-Mission, students serve as members of various teams: volcano, hurricane, evacuation, satellite, communication or media.
A Real-Life Crisis Brought into Your
e-Missions enable students to experience learning through simulations taking place in your classroom, no matter how far you are from e-Mission Control at The National Space Centre, Leicester. Operation Montserrat creates the opportunity to use new and innovative technologies to enthuse and encourage students. It gives teachers the chance to use Internet and videoconferencing technology to provide exciting digital content.
Operation Montserrat is a curriculum-linked package that connects a flight director at our Challenger Learning Centre with a classroom anywhere in the world. Students interact with the flight director to track the hurricane, predict volcanic activity and consider evacuation options.
The National Curriculum
The e-Mission is cross-curricular, ranging from Science, Maths and Geography to English and Citizenship. Through pre-mission and mission day activities, Operation Montserrat builds students' enthusiasm for all of these areas of the curriculum, and helps to improve problem solving and critical thinking skills. Ultimately e-Missions teach the importance of teamwork and communication.
Prior to the mission, the teacher pages of the website include all the support materials necessary to run the program effectively with National Curriculum based lesson plans and activities. The mission package also includes technology support to help educators prepare their classrooms for mission day.
The Challenger Learning Centre
The Challenger Learning Centre at the National Space Centre, Leicester is a unique facility, as it is the only one outside of North America. Established in memory of the crew of the ill-fated Challenger Space Shuttle, the Challenger Learning Center Network provide a unique hands-on learning experience designed to foster interest in maths, science and technology.
The heart of any CLC is the on-site simulator. It is comprised of a Space Station that gives students the simulated experience of working in space, and a Mission Control, modelled after NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.