This Middle School Science Curriculum is part of the Flood Protection Authority – East’s education program to enhance understanding of its mission. The purposes of the school program are to ensure that future generations are equipped to deal with the risks and challenges associated with living with water, gain an in-depth knowledge of the flood protection system, and share their learning experiences with family and friends.
The curriculum was developed in accordance with the National Next Generation Science Standards and the Louisiana Department of Education’s Performance Expectations. The lessons and activities are based on the 5 Es Learning and Instruction Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate). Major topics covered in the program are: Geographical Orientation (where do the students live in relation to the water surrounding them); Storm Surge (what is the science behind it); the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (where and what is it); the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier (field trip and model building); Risk and Preparedness (what is it and how can they protect themselves and educate others). Included in this curriculum are a number of classroom activities under each topic resulting in a comprehensive understanding of flood protection and risk reduction.