Goal: To create an interdisciplinary environment where the learners will gain skills in communication and investigation related to applications in the non-science world
Specifics: You will develop a TOOL that industry can use, and in fact will want to use, to make money. You must:
- know your target’s business
- know the science of meteorology
- prove to the business that your product is unique
- support yourselves on the money you’ll get paid for this tool
- convince your target audience they will make more money if they pay you for your product
- peer presentations
- report writing
- effective teamwork
- literature search
- internet exploration
Outcomes of Assignment (150 points, * denotes group grade):
- logical index development (*)
- well-written, logically organized report with references (*)
- intelligent and confident oral presentation of plan with readily understandable graphics for a non-scientific audience
- relatively equal and fair division of labor among group members
Teaching Outline (Industrial Section Only)
- Class 1:
Discussion of weather indices, development. In-class assignment. Industry profile handout, homework. Group formation begins.
- Class 2:
Guest speaker (if available). Groups formed by the weekend.
- Class 3:
Homework due. Specialty index development. Break-out session.
- Class 4:
Progress reports, report outlines due, work on detailed outlines.
- Class 5:
Draft report due.
- Class 6:
Break-out session: draft comments from instructor. Final organization of reports and presentations.
- Class 7:
Final written business report due. Model presentations to business
Executives (oral report), including examples of use. Self and group assessment.
Grading (Industrial Only)
- 40 points (40%) Final Written Report (Group)
- 30 points (30%) Oral Presentation (Individual)
- 15 points (15%) Evaluations (Individual)
- 15 points (15%) Homework (Individual)