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The Best Dam Simulation Ever


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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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The Best Dam Simulation Ever

This online simulation game explores the different consequences of water levels on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Learners play the role of dam operator, controlling how much water passes through the dam each season. First, learners choose whether it's a very dry or wet (or average) year and adjust the level of the reservoir in fall, winter, spring and summer. Learners see how their choices affect the migrating river salmon, power bills, recreation, agriculture, flooding, and fish that live in the reservoir. The results are compared to those of the real operators, and learners can print out a copy of your final report.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Computer with internet access

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Seasons
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Agricultural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Transportation

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, OMSI, ©2006

Funding Source:

  • NASA

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