What Happens during the Mission? - A Snapshot
During the e-Mission there are a miniumum of four, and up to possibly seven student teams with 3 to 5 students on a team: Communications Team (2), Hurricane Team (3-5), Volcano Team (3-5), Evacuation Team (3-5), and the optional teams Satellite (3-5), Media (3-5) and Research (3-5). The number of students in your group will determine the number of teams and student assignments.
If possible each team should have a separate large table or group of desks to work at. They will need plenty of space. If possible they could also have internet access and some nearby wall space or a black/whiteboard, etc., upon which they can record the current status of the situation. The Communications Team should be located towards the front of the room. The Evacuation Team should be located in the back or center of the room.
It is important to arrange the team areas in the room so that team messengers can walk to and from the other teams as needed, without interfering with the ongoing work and without tripping on computer or printer cables. In addition, the team areas should be positioned to allow everyone to observe the videoconference on the large screen in front of the class.
Every four to five minutes the Hurricane, Volcano and Satellite Teams receive data via computer. Each interval between data reports represents 1.5 hours of time on the Island of Montserrat. After a team receives its data, team members follow their instructions to complete the charts and graphs, assess the situation, and complete Report Forms. The team messengers will take a copy of the Report Form to the Evacuation Team and the Communications Team. The Evacuation Team will analyse the situation based upon the reports it receives and issue evacuation orders or give questions to the Communications Team for transmission to Mission Control.