Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UCAR: interactive tornado story map

Lately weather has been on my mind. Not because of the recent and rapid onset of "winter" in Boston but rather because I am working on a big data project where students solve entrepreneurial problems using weather data and business strategies.

In preparation for this project, I jumped on the web and looked up existing big data education projects. Low and behold there are ton of resources on the web especially from large organizations such as NOAA, GLOBE, and UCAR. For exampe, the UCAR site has a lesson plan in which students explore tornado data over several decades in efforts to build their data analysis and mapping skills. Many of these resources are free and include rigorous lesson plan instructions.