This storyline aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards at MS-ESS2-5.
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This storyline is grounded in the phenomenon of microclimates created by rain shadow.
Players travel to an island off the coast of Espeth that has recently been opened up for scientific study. Juniper, a cartographer, is eager to map out the area, but needs the player's help to understand how two opposing climates can exist in such a small space. Students gather temperature and humidity data and learn about geography and wind patterns to solve the mystery.
Players use hot air balloon sensors to gather data, but note that the balloons seem to work much better on the cold mountain top than at sea level. Research into the dynamics of air pressure help to shed light on the mechanics underlying the island's two-faced climate patterns.
Having gathered all relevant data from the island with the hot air balloon sensors, players end this storyline poised to explain how one small island can sustain two different climates. The same principle can be seen on Earth at a much larger scale on either side of the Himalayan mountain range!