Help cities predict and prepare for natural disasters.
Disaster Detector teaches players how to analyze and interpret data on natural disasters in order to mitigate the effects of those disasters and also forecast future catastrophic events. In the game, players must protect the citizens of Smithsonville and four other cities by helping them predict and prepare for natural hazards, including tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and hurricanes. Players learn how to analyze current and historical data using tools such as Doppler radar, anemometers, barometers, and seismometer. Then, you must decide what defenses will best equip the city. For example, a tornado requires equipping a home with Building Straps and Storm Shelters, while an Earthquake might call for Building Frames and even Support Centers for the city.
Disaster Detector is intended for use in the classroom or at home and is aligned to national science standards for middle school but great for players of all ages. The game features printable reports.
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