In this scenario, students explore how the Earth’s rotation, tilt, and orbital pattern gives rise to the cycle of days, years, and seasons. The scenario is highly configurable as teachers can pinpoint different GPS positions on the globe to simulate conditions on different parts of the planet. Students can control the orbital position, exploring how this corresponds with calendar days.
The scenario uses a game framework where teams of students must maintain temperatures for multiple locations on the planet by adjusting the orbital position of the Earth in real time. If they do not keep the system in balance, the Earth will heat or cool beyond liveable conditions, and they lose the round!
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SMALLab Learning & Ephiphany Cathedral School
This scenario was co-created with faculty and staff at Epiphany Cathedral School in Venice, FL as part of our Professional Development By Design program. Qianyu Liu lead the implementation of this scenario.
Established in 1959, Epiphany Cathedral School is accredited through the Florida Catholic Conference and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). Epiphany has been providing children in preschool through grade eight with a quality, faith-filled education for over 50 years! This award winning school is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and has been voted “Best Private School in Venice.” Epiphany Cathedral School focuses on the Academic, Spiritual and Character Formation of each of its students and provides a nurturing family-oriented atmosphere.
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