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Create student teams based upon your students’ abilities and team skills.

Hurricane or Volcano Team:
Number of students: 3 – 5
Student Roles:

  • Real-time data Officer(s) ensures that the team monitors and processes the real-time data as it arrives. This student(s) should ensure that the Report Forms are completed and that all students share in the analysis of the situation. He/She will also prepare for and conduct the mid-mission briefing with Mission Control.
  • Team Messenger will deliver the team’s Report Forms to the Evacuation Team and/or the Communications Team.
  • Team Recorder/Reporter(s) will write on a wall chart located on the wall near the team’s section of the room and will complete the Report Forms and graphs or maps. The information recorded on the wall may be in the form of a graph, etc. Its purpose is to keep members of the other teams aware of the situation on the island.
  • Hurricane/Volcano Specialists organise data, make calculations, graph, and analyse the ongoing situation.

Satellite Team:
Number of students: 3 –7
Student Roles:

  • Satellite Status Officer will record the real time data (location and receiving wavelength) about the next available satellite.
  • Observation Selection Officer will calculate the time that observations need to be made.
  • Communications Control Officer will calculate the frequency on which the next satellite will receive its instructions.
  • Recorder will fill out the Satellite Instruction and Report Forms every five minutes. Writes down all questions from Mission Control and respond back with written notes to be given to the Communications or Data Officers
  • Observation Recording Officer will plot the location on the map that the satellite observations were made.
  • Runner to Comm. Team will interact with the Communication Team (may be combined with Recorder).
  • Reporter will update a “graphic organiser” every few minutes so that each team can tell what is going on at a glance. The organiser should be a white board located near the team for all the teams to see.

Evacuation Team
Number of students: 3 – 5
Student Roles:

  • Team Captain ensures that the team deals with the news about the situation as it arrives. This student should ensure that evacuation orders are given when needed and that all students share in the analysis of the situation. He/She will also prepare for and conduct the mid-mission briefing with Mission Control.
  • Team Messenger will deliver the team’s orders to the Communications Team.
  • Team Recorder(s) will write down the status of the evacuation of populated parts of the island on a wall chart located on the wall near the team’s section of the room. The information recorded on the wall may be in the form of notes or maps to draw on. Its purpose is to keep members of the other teams aware of the situation on the island.
  • Emergency Evacuation Specialists organise data, make calculations, graph, and analyse the ongoing situation.

Communications Team:
Number of students: 2-3
Student Assignments:

  • Communications Officer will communicate verbally via computer (microphone and camera) with the Commander/Flight Director at The National Space Centre. Select an outgoing person to be the Communications Officer. This person needs to be comfortable with the sound of their own voice because they will be talking the whole time. (Students who spend a lot of time talking to their friends on the phone are ideal!) This student must be able to learn the appropriate protocols, and assume a leadership role during the mission. This person will be responsible for receiving all the messages and sending them according to priority. He or she determines what information needs to be communicated orally and what can be sent through the chat window. Finally, he or she is responsible for getting the attention of specific teams, or the entire group, when asked to do so by Mission Control. The Communications Officer must be able to make sure that Mission Control is receiving a steady supply of information.
  • Data Officer will communicate via the chat window. This student must be able to type quickly, prioritise tasks, and compose messages regarding the data that will be transmitted to Mission Control. A lot of numbers will be typed, and speed and accuracy are important.
  • Ideally, this team could also have a Runner to deliver messages and get the attention of specific teams.

Media Team (Optional)
Number of students: 3 – 5
Suggested Student Roles:

  • Interviewer(s) question other team members and write down the answers or record the interview using cameras or audio recorders. They can find the important stories happening during the evacuation.
  • Writer(s) can type up interview information or design a presentation using whatever software is available. They can design a short news letter to remember the events in the mission.
  • Photographer can use available video or digital cameras equipment to provide pictures for stories or presentations.

Research Team (Optional)
Number of students: 1 – 3
Suggested Student Roles:

  • Researcher(s) Topics for research will arise as the e-Mission progresses. The team may do research on the e-Mission web site, an online encyclopedia, or by searching web sites using a search engine such as Google and the key words “hurricane” or “volcano.” The goal of this research is to heighten all the students understanding of the situation on the island and to forecast possible dangers based upon the information at hand.
  • Team Recorder will record key information on a wall chart located on the wall near the team’s section of the room and complete a Report Form that should be sent to all Teams.
  • The teacher may wish to play an important role in keeping this team focused and on task.
  • Topics of research may include the following. Other topics may arise during the mission.
    • magma, lava flows (temperatures, speed, etc.), pyroclastic flow
    • Mud flows and ash, tephra
    • Tsunami
    • Storm surge
    • Wind damage potential
    • Parts of a hurricane