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STEM SOLE Natural Disasters

A Self-Organized Learning Experience.

Jaime Christensen
Join classrooms from Oklahoma to Louisiana in a Self Organized Learning Experience (SOLE) to foster creative and critical thinking in students. Take a single hour to explore natural disasters and their impacts on people and the environment. After, share what students discover. Using #MeteorologySTEMSOLE, you can join a discussion with students and educators across the country who are exploring the same topic.

Thursday, November 10


In the SOLE method, teachers guide students as they discover lessons and concepts for themselves. In doing so, they prepare students to conduct their own research and encourage students to take ownership of their learning. If you have any questions, we are eager to help. Below, see an example of a SOLE Schedule, and click the link on the bottom of the page to learn more about how to conduct a SOLE.

Social Media Contest

Share your SOLE! Post a photo of your class’s STEM SOLE using #meteorologySTEMsole on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win our contest. Prizes include a popcorn party for your class and a gift card for yourself!

Each account that posts using #MeteorologySTEMsole will receive one entry. Multiple posts from the same account will not result in multiple entries. While we are excited to see classrooms far and wide participating in this event, entries are limited to educators in the United States.

Class format:

5 min- Introduce research questions
25 min- Independent or group research
20 min- Share back findings using #MeteorologySTEMsole
For a 50 min class period

Research Question:

If you could invent something that would improve our ability to respond to natural disasters like fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards, or earthquakes, what would you create?

How to run a SOLE Session Additional Research Resources

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