Stimulating Understanding of Computational science through Collaboration, Exploration, Experiment, and Discovery for students with Hearing Impairments
This page has additional background material and links to resources that may help you prepare for and extend the lesson.
http://www.hydrocad.net/sampler.htm This is a free version of a professional storm water modeling system. It allows the user to define a drainage area with fields, homes, ponds, culverts, etc. It produces graphs and tables showing how the runoff water moves through the drainage area. The free version turns off after 60 minutes and only allows the user to save 5 nodes. A node is a pond, field etc. It could be used to show how engineers use computer models to design
http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/univ_relations/news_services/press_releases/01_05/134.htm News release from NC State University. Researcher Tests Strategy to Control Stormwater in Developments.
http://www.townofcary.org/depts/dsdept/engineering/engproj/stormwaterinventoryoverview.htm Plans to conduct a Strom Water Inventory in the city of Cary North Carolina. Many communities are developing plans to deal with storm water runoff. Check with your local officials to see what is happening in your area.
http://www.mninter.net/~stack/rain/ Information and links on Rain Gardens. Rain Gardens are dual use areas. Most of the time they provide recreational use. After heavy rain they collect the excess runoff that the local development has produced. Over 2 or 3 days this excess water seeps into the ground, replenishing the water table. This approach can increase the urban recreational opportunities and reduce flooding caused by urban sprawl.
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/wm/nps/index.htm Wisconsin is the first state to require all development to take measures to take responsibility for the extra runoff they produce. This site links to their programs.
http://www.irim.com/ssm/home.htm Soil survey manual. An extensive discussion of soil types and how they are evaluated.
http://www.geog.ouc.bc.ca/physgeog/contents/8n.html An introduction to runoff.
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