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The El Niño Field Campaign Student Scaffold


While your students continue to collect data for the El Niño Field Campaign, think about how you can have your students interpret the data they are collecting and expand upon its use. From science fair projects to student research projects to El Niño (ENSO) Tales & Stories (see below for more details), your students can come up with great ways to use the data they are collecting to tell a story of how El Niño is affecting local environments to having global impacts.

Below is the El Niño Field Campaign Student Scaffold. This is the step-by-step process envisioned by the El Niño Team and fellow educators. We really want you and your students to come up with some awesome ideas on how to use the data you are collecting!

 About El Niño or ENSO Tales & Stories

Enso is a Japanese character that means circle. “It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength and elegance” as well as creativity.

ENSO is the acronym of El Niño Southern Oscillation, defined as periodic changes in the surface temperature of the sea along the equatorial Pacific Ocean with effects on the normal ocean temperatures, inducing changes in the weather patterns around the world.

The ENSO also has an effect on living things, affecting animal behavior, migrations patterns, growing of plants, and human economic activities. For example, fish have to migrate looking for lower temperatures in the Peruvian sea, more plants appear in the desert, some typical foods as “cebiche” in Peru increases its cost, fishermen need sail to sail for longer periods of time to find fish, etc. 

We want to invite you to investigate more about what happen in your city, country or region when the ENSO is present and use all the creativity that “Enso” means to write a short tale imagining what happens, for example, when a group of fish need to travel to find lower temperatures in South America, what about birds? And people?

The story should be original and related to El Niño, written in letter Arial 12 letter with 3 pages maximum, you can add pictures or drawings to your story, please let us to publish your story in in our “Tales for El Niño” Book.

You can discuss your students' ideas and post your stories and research/science fair topics HERE!

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