University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

This is a downloadable computer simulation which showcases a series of villages that surround an active volcano. The volcano is modeled after Mount Vesuvius and, based on preliminary data, is getting close to erupting. The goal of the exercise is to preserve as many people and as much property as possible in spite of the threat from the volcano. Students play the roles of villagers, the governor, volcanologists, or the press. Guides for teaching assistants and students, and the rules of the simulation are available on the site. Three versions are available for different hardware and classroom situations ( e.g. one computer per student, one computer and multiple students, and a networked enviornment). The activites in each are modified slightly to reflect the level of computer access for the student.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism
Resource Type: Computer Applications, Activities
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Volcanoes, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards