Academy of the Sacred Heart Students Presentation: Determining Economic Impact of Rising Sea Level on Louisiana Highway 1 to Port Fourchon, Louisiana - Friday, April 27, 2012
As part of this years INNOV8
Lafayette festival, the students of Mrs. Landry’s 7th grade math
class at the Academy of the Sacred Heart (ASH) in Grand Coteau, Louisiana will
present Port Fourchon LA:The Economic
Impact of Rising Sea Level on Louisiana Highway 1 to Port Fourchon LA.Working as "research analysts” for the
National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT) at
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), students were given the
responsibility of gathering data, organizing and analyzing information used to
support a federal grant to secure funding for the upgrade of the Port Fourchon
for a project to get the girls out of the textbook, out of the classroom and
engaged in the application of their math knowledge led Mrs. Landry to Dr.
Ramesh Kolluru, Executive Director of NIMSAT on ULL’s campus.
project began with the introduction of the project from Mr. Dean Mallory,
NIMSAT Assistant Director.In order to
convince legislators in Washington DC to commit millions of dollars to Louisiana,
ASH students were asked to analyze data and determine the economic impact to
Louisiana and the nation if a flooded LA-1 prevents vehicles from reaching the facilities
at Port Fourchon to service the offshore drilling and production oil and gas
platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Fourchon is the southernmost road-accessible port in Louisiana.It is strategically located to most
efficiently service 90% of the offshore drilling and production oil and gas
platforms in the gulf.Port Fourchon has
a weak spot:an 8 mile section of LA
Highway 1 floods easily and prohibits access to the port facilities and cuts
off supplies to the platforms for days.The economic loss affects the entire nation and we were asked to analyze
rising sea level data compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) and NIMSAT.
project based learning endeavor provides students with authentic and open-ended
real-life problems.It centers the responsibility
on the student and requires the teacher facilitate learning by only
occasionally asking questions and making suggestions.