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Floodplain Modeling
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PostedFriday, September 15, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Updated03/21/2019

Students explore the impact of changing river volumes and different floodplain terrain in experimental trials with table top-sized riverbed models. The models are made using modeling clay in aluminum baking pans placed on a slight incline. Water added "upstream" at different flow rates and to different riverbed configurations simulates different potential flood conditions. Students study flood dynamics as they modify the riverbed with blockages or levees to simulate real-world scenarios.

Students explore the impact of changing river volumes and different floodplain terrain in experimental trials with table top-sized riverbed models. The models are made using modeling clay in aluminum baking pans placed on a slight incline. Water added "upstream" at different flow rates and to different riverbed configurations simulates different potential flood conditions. Students study flood dynamics as they modify the riverbed with blockages or levees to simulate real-world scenarios.

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  • Posted Friday, September 15, 2017 at 4:48 PM
    Floodplain Modeling
    My class of fifth-graders explored this lesson as it related to Landforms and flooding. We studied the floods in our local area, especially the Boulder Flood of 2013 which devastated our school.
    Our experience with this lesson became: "How could you have engineered a house on this property so that it wouldn't have been impacted by the flood?" We had student groups work together to make an "anti-flood" plan first and share it with me. All students were given the design challenge of utilizing the same amount of materials (sand, clay, balsa wood, popsicle sticks and Monopoly houses, and a Read More
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