A Class Activity That's Literally Immersive
Storms and nighttime approach Florida.
We're all immersed in the Earth's fascinating, ever-changing atmosphere. It's the center of this new social and competitive classroom activity.
Stormslam is a free online competition that rewards working knowledge of meteorology, geoscience, and geography. Students travel the nation as scientists, collecting live, real-world data.
Everything in Stormslam happens in real time, around the clock, with the immediacy students know from social media.
Stormslam participants are immersed in the fields of:
- Physical Geography. Stormslam's “board” is the map of the continental United States, with all its variety of population centers, transport routes, and climates.
- Meteorology. The goal of a Stormslam chaser is to plant probes ahead of storms. Knowing what forecasts mean and how to interpret them is the key to success.
- Renewable Energy. Understanding how, when, and where solar panels collect energy is necessary to earn simulation currency.
- Statistics. Interpreting graphs is not just a skill in Stormslam. When everything goes a chaser's way, it's a definite thrill!
Students 6th grade and up should have the science and math skills to participate fully.
Stormslam is designed to for use in a classroom, side-by-side or virtual:
- Setup is simple. All students need to start is a website name and a join code (that you choose).
- No personal information is collected. All students need is an email address.
- There's no text commenting or any room for negative interactions.
- It works on phones, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, and desktops. No app install necessary.
Try Stormslam yourself to see how the virtual blends with the real. Then organize your own slam.
As the organizer you'll have control of the participant list and an indication of everyone's activity level. Organizers can participate themselves—and often do. 😎