FLOOD MAPPING

Building Resilience in Our Communities

Welcome Educators!

Please note that the official deadline for applying for stipends has passed but we still urge you to consider participating in the project by completing an official application below.

Classes that are selected to receive $500.00 stipends for participating in the Flood Mapping — Building Resilience in Our Communities project this year are strongly encouraged to participate in the 2018 Catch the King event but it is not mandatory. If your class is not selected to receive a $500.00 stipend or if you're in a school that is not eligible to submit an application, you are still free to participate in both activities. You can also attend any of the training sessions, free-of-charge. Please see the FAQ for more information.

Flood Mapping: Building Resilience in Our Communities Projects Grants Available

WHRO is offering $500.00 stipends to as many as 50 classes, to participate in the Flood Mapping – Building Resilience in Our Communities project — an initiative to map flooding on school campuses and neighborhoods-during the 2018-2019 school year.

Awards

Selected classes will each receive $500.00

Eligibility

The project is open to any class in Hampton Roads. Any class in any of the public school divisions that own WHRO can submit an application for the $500.00 stipends. See a list

Awards are on a first-come, first-served basis and we will begin notifying participants as applicants are received, starting today. The earlier you submit and are selected, the earlier you can begin planning.

Requirements

Each student must conduct quarterly measurements, submit a final presentation on a recommended or related topic, and submit a signed pledge to do their part to create a community that is resilient to the effects of flooding.

Requirements are outlined more fully in the FAQ.

Apply by September 15, 2018

Classes will be notified if they've been selected by October 1, 2018, at the latest, but please don't wait.

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Training Videos

For Users

How to Download and Register
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How to Join a Region
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How to Add a Trouble Spot on an Android Device
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How to Add a Trouble Spot on an iOS Device
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For Teachers

How to Create a Region
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How to Export Data
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How to Create a Mapping Event
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Frequently Asked Questions

What public school divisions are eligible to submit an application for the $500.00 stipends?

Any class in any of the public school divisions that own WHRO including Accomack County Public Schools, Chesapeake Public Schools, Franklin City Public Schools, Gloucester County Public Schools, Hampton City Schools, Isle of Wight County Schools, Mathews County Public Schools, Middlesex County Public Schools, Newport News Public Schools, Norfolk Public Schools, Northampton County Public Schools, Poquoson City Public Schools, Portsmouth Public Schools, Southampton County Public Schools, Suffolk Public Schools, Sussex County Public Schools, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Williamsburg-James City County Schools, and York County Schools can submit an application at education.whro.org/kingtide/application for a $500.00 stipend per class. Preference will be given to classes in Title I schools.

What do you mean by a class?

Each class of students you teach is eligible for a stipend, if selected. For example, let's say that you teach three sections of Oceanography (aka three classes). Each class is eligible to participate and if all three classes are selected, your school will get $500.00 for each ($1,500.00 total). While there are no minimum class size requirements, we urge you to use your best judgement. We are really hoping that the number of students per participating class will be around 20 or more.

What type of devices do we need to participate in this project?

All students need some type of smart device with a data plan (not just a Wi-Fi enabled device) to perform the quarterly measurements described below.

If my class(es) is/are selected to receive a stipend, what's the next step?

Upon selection, which begins right now, teachers will be contacted by WHRO with additional information, including detailed instructions on how to use the Sea Level Rise app, a sample Student Pledge, training options, and how to submit the required student items noted below.

How will payments be made and what are we required to do?

Payments will be made to the school in which the selected class(es) are conducted. 50% will be paid upon selection and the remaining amount will be paid before the end of the school year upon successful delivery of the required items for each student:

  1. Quarterly Measurements using the "Trouble Spots" feature in the free Sea Level Rise app. (Please note that students and teachers who wish to participate must have access to a smart phone/tablet with an active data plan. Wi-Fi devices will not work with the Sea Level Rise app.)
  2. A presentation on one of the following topics (or a related topic of their choosing):
    1. How Earth systems interactions produce weather
    2. Potential effects of climate change on Sea Level Rise
    3. Potential/existing impacts of high-water / flooding events on ecosystems
    4. Potential/existing impacts of high-water / flooding events on infrastructure and the economy, or
    5. Potential/existing impacts of the high-water / flooding events on flora and fauna
  3. Signed pledges to do their part to create a community that is resilient to the effects of flooding

How do my students submit the required items?

The Quarterly Measurements are automatically submitted through the Trouble Spots feature of the Sea Level Rise app. (Please note that students and teachers who wish to participate must have access to a smart phone/tablet with an active data plan. Wi-Fi devices will not work with the Sea Level Rise app.) Detailed instructions on how to use the app will be made available to all participating classes and training options will also be made available.

The Student Presentations and the Signed Student Pledges can be delivered in a variety of ways including via e-mail, FTP, etc. Please note that the Student Presentations can take many forms, including but not limited to a PowerPoint, a White Paper, a Video, etc. This will all be covered once your class(es) has/have been officially selected and training options will also be made available.

What is the application deadline?

The final application deadline to receive a $500.00 stipend is September 15, 2018 but please don't wait. Awards are on a first-come, first-served basis and we will begin notifying participants as applications are received, starting today. The earlier you submit and are selected, the earlier you can begin planning. Preference will be given to Title I schools.

When will we be notified if our class has been selected?

Classes will be notified if they've been selected by October 1, 2018 at the latest but please don't wait. Awards are on a first-come, first-served basis and we will begin notifying participants as applications are received, starting today. The earlier you submit and are selected, the earlier you can begin planning. Preference will be given to Title I schools.

What if my class is not selected to receive a $500.00 stipend or I'm in a school that is not eligible to submit an application?

You are still free to participate in both the Flood Mapping — Building Resilience in Our Communities project and Catch the King and we hope that you will. You can also attend any of the training sessions, free-of-charge.

Are there any training sessions planned?

Yes. One training session has already been scheduled at WHRO on Wednesday, August 8, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and is open to anyone, regardless of whether your application to participate has been submitted/selected or not or if you teach at a school or division other than those listed above. If you'd like to attend this session, please visit http://bit.ly/floodmanagement-8-8-18 for more details and to register.

Another training session will be scheduled on the Peninsula and additional sessions will be scheduled in other locations across the region. Dates, times and locations can be found on our calendar.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please e-mail floodmapping@whro.org.

What's Catch the King and how is it connected to the Flood Mapping — Building Resilience in Our Communities project?

Catch the King was a citizen science GPS data collection effort centered in Hampton Roads on November 5, 2017 that sought to map the year's highest astronomical tide, known as the "King Tide." Using the Sea Level Rise app, over 500 volunteers in a dozen Hampton Roads cities and counties participated in the event. The goal of the effort was to validate and improve predictive models for future forecasting of increasingly pervasive "nuisance" flooding. Partners included the Daily Press, The Virginian-Pilot, WHRO Public Media, WVEC-TV, Wetlands Watch, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Given the popularity of the 2017 event, Catch the King will now be an annual activity. In 2018, it will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Classes that are selected to participate in the Flood Mapping — Building Resilience in Our Communities project this year are strongly encouraged to participate in the 2018 Catch the King event but it is not mandatory.

What is the Sea Level Rise app and where can I get it?

The Sea Level Rise app was developed by Concursive Corporation, a privately held open source software development and solutions company headquartered in Norfolk in partnership with Wetlands Watch of Norfolk and is available free-of-charge on iTunes and Google Play.

Flood Mapping — Building Resilience in Our Communities is made possible in part with funding from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the Batten Environmental Education Initiative.

Lesson Plans

Mapping the Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise

Explore the astronomical high tide, or "King Tide," forecasted for the morning of October 27, 2018, which will serve as a baseline to demonstrate what scientists believe will constitute low tide in approximately fifty years.

Guide students as they capture non-tidal flood data and map points. Then, report findings to help enhance the accuracy of tidal inundation models.

This content was made possible through the Batten Environmental Education Initiative - dedicated to educating the Virginia's environmental stewards of tomorrow.

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