Students look at maps and make predictions for a mystery event. They then compare and contrast data from the event to the current date.

In part 1, students predict an event based on maps of wind, wave direction, height, and pressure. Unaware it’s The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Surf Competition, they make predictions and discuss in groups before the “mystery event” is revealed. In part 2, students collect their own data from PacIOOS Voyager and compare it to the competition maps. They conclude with reflection questions and discussion.

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Gillian Wood and Jennifer Provencio

Additional Resources

Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Cause and effect
Core Ideas
  • ETS2.A: Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 6.C: The ocean is a source of inspiration, recreation, rejuvenation and discovery. It is also an important element in the heritage of many cultures.
  • 7.D: New technologies, sensors and tools are expanding our ability to explore the ocean. Ocean scientists are relying more and more on satellites, drifters, buoys, subsea observatories and unmanned submersibles.