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Spotlight   |  Spring 2005

Master of disaster

 

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Graphic by Chip Morrison

Take heed, Mother Nature. Disaster Dave is here to ward off your nastiest weather disaster.

Disaster Dave's Misadventures,” an educational computer activity developed by Purdue Extension with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is available to the public. The computer game teaches disaster-readiness skills with a variety of scenarios depicting natural and other disasters. During the game, students help a character called “Disaster Dave” navigate through a sequence of events.

From blizzards to tornadoes and hazardous materials spills to national security emergencies, Disaster Dave's fictional community is either destroyed or spared, depending upon the skills and knowledge of the player. “We know that students learn best through interactive lessons,” says Roger Tormoehlen, department head of Youth Development and Agricultural Education. “We designed the game to provide simulated scenarios portraying real disasters that can be influenced by student actions.”

The development of “Disaster Dave's Misadventures” was featured in the fall 2002 issue of Agricultures.





 

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