Team 18


Wesley Collier
Chris Wright
Riley Harris
Arman Karshenas

Step 1: Ask a Compelling Question
Do certain types of weather or certain weather events have a purpose?

Step 2: Gather and Analyze Information
-lightning has a purpose, which is to fix nitrogen for plants to use, supporting life
-rain specifically supports life; it gives water for organisms to use
-tornadoes and hurricanes sometimes help transfer heat and energy away from the equator
-thunderstorms release tons of energy from the atmosphere, along with other tropical storms like hurricanes
-thunderstorms keep Earth electrically balanced, and help transfer negative energy back to Earth
-blizzards blow snow around in tundra areas, and can cause environmental changes
-floods circulate the water throughout Earth
-tornadoes and other severe storms are a great way for the atmosphere to release its energy
-monsoons are used to balance out the ecosystem with moisture (the monsoon is the system of rainy and dry seasons often found near Africa, India, and Australia
-flash floods are a good way to spread out water, along with normal floods, along the Earth after heavy rainfall and blockage in a single area
-large hail may signal storms such as tornadoes, therefore giving a purpose, being a warning, and also the foretelling of an oncoming tornado, a good atmospheric energy releaser
-fire, caused by types of weather or conditions such as a dry place with a thunderstorm, has a purpose; it can help recycle parts of nature and make them more fertile. For example: a fire burns parts of a forest. The seeds of the trees are spread out from the heat of the fire and planted in somewhat favorable and open spots. The surviving trees can use the ashes of the other trees for nutrients, because the ashes make the soil nearby very fertile. The newly spread seeds and growing trees can use this nutrients, too. Surprisingly, fire can do a few good things for nature
-volcanic eruptions can help do the same things of that as a fire, and they can help release energy from the underground mantle and crust that surge with pressure and energy
-wind helps spread heat and pressure/energy throughout Earth

Plan for Video Ideas
Storms (Thunderstorms and Rainstorms)
Severe Storms (Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Blizzards)
Volcanic Eruptions and Fires

Wesley's Ideas

The categories posted above will most likely be placed into that order seen. Modifications made to Wiki and plan include:

Order- Wind and Floods are switched. Those are the only changes.

I tried to keep similar types of weather together. A few ideas I have are to break them up into two major categories; first, with storms, severe storms, wind, and floods, are WIND AND WATER. Second, with monsoons and Volcanic Eruptions/Fire, is SEASONAL AND OTHER.

Perhaps the orders and intros, along with major groups, will look like this:

Some type of picture or design should be placed below the words, or as a back round. Someone will introduce the major category by saying "Wind and Water". The same thing should occur with Seasonal and Other.

After the first major category is introduced, the voice overs can be done for the lightning video to start, giving a good, cool hooker for the start of the project. We can talk about the lightning's purpose and uses, and explain how plants use the fixed nitrogen, fixed by lightning, to grow, by showing a picture of a plant (with a voice over explaining, of course). This covers thunderstorms. For rainstorms, we can simply have a voice over explaining how the rain supports life, and any other reason we may have.

Now onto Severe Storms. We can, once again, begin with a small title (that was an idea I just came up with. Major Major title for overall project, Major titles for categories (Wind and Water, Seasonal and Other), Minor titles for each minor topic (Storms, Severe Storms, Wind, Floods, etc.), and Minor Minor titles for each small part of each minor part (blizzards, tornadoes, thunderstorms, etc.). After each minor part is introduced, we can again start a short video with a voice over (video should be no more than 20-25secs. long), explaining first how they have a purpose, and then explain the minor minor parts and how they have a purpose. It is basically a recurring pattern with all parts of the project: video intro, pictures/diagrams, all with voice overs. Then, do whatever title sequence is required, and repeat the pattern. Simple, but good. We may want to have bright pictures/happy looking pictures, because we don't want for our presentation to be too gloomy. After a dark show of deadly and disastrous weather, we may want a bright picture to be shown to "cheer the audience up". Kind of a feeling thing on my part, I guess.

Videos will be placed at the beginning of each small part (storms, severe storms, wind, etc.). Categories under those parts will not have videos, but picture, like I stated before. Pictures will vary and change during the presentation of that certain part (multiple pictures for each minor minor part). Voice overs will be used with pictures.

In the end, our compelling question will be restated with a "yes", naming storms, severe storms, and the other categories with perhaps, an overall purpose. WIND AND WATER spread water, heat, and energy throughout the atmosphere and the rest of Earth. As for SEASONAL WEATHER AND OTHER, it will again be spreading out water and energy throughout the Earth.

Those are my ideas for the project. We can put this to the test, or use a different idea. We can do this!!!

Gee, that was dramatic. Anyway, we need to try our best. Let's see if this or some other plan works.

I now want to have people to decide their parts so that tomorrow, we will be able to get making our voice overs and making the video right away. It will give us the needed extra time. I think that we, including Chris, should write our own voice overs and share them with the group to use for the project. I believe we should split up the parts between each other. There are four people, and a technical total of 11 parts (including the minor and minor minor parts). We could split the parts up as the following:

Wesley Collier: 3 Parts
Arman Karshenas: 3 Parts
Riley Harris: 3 Parts
Christopher Wright: 2 Parts

This way, everyone has a somewhat even amount. We can change up the amount someone gets, as necessary, or if someone wants to change however many parts they have. It is up to the person and the rest of the group to agree upon what parts each person may do. My suggestions are:

Wesley Collier: Floods, Monsoons, Volcanic Eruptions/Fire

Those parts I suggest I get because I did most of the research on those parts. Each person may have their strong part; they know more about it than others, because they were the ones who researched it. The group should probably decide on committing to whatever parts they researched most. I will take these parts guaranteed for now, because I want to make some headway by creating a script for myself ahead of time. If the rest of you don't see this by morning, then we can organize scripts in class. I will probably post my script when I think it is ready. Others can add suggestions if they think something can be changed for the better.

I will also post some links for videos I think can be useful on the discussion board.

Plus, you'll be happy to know that I figured out how to download and save the videos for school. I'll bring in the videos on my thumb drive. I'm sorry if some of you may not like them, but I don't think there is much choice. Sorry.

Wesley Collier's Script:

Step 3: Creatively Synthesize Information

Step 4: Critically Evaluate and Revise

Step 5: Publish and Share