Teacher Justin Taplet and student Deysi Marquez view one of the early prototypes
In the wake of recent natural disasters such Hurricane Sandy and the tornado that struck Oklahoma on May 20, a group of Jones High School STEM Academy students have taken the skills and knowledge they have learned in class and applied them to the real-world problem of providing immediate housing to the survivors of such tragic events.
Over the last year, Jones students have planned and designed temporary emergency shelters that could be used to house up to five people in harsh temperature conditions. Multiple teams of three students each worked to produce different representations of the emergency shelter based on the design requirements of a hypothetical client.
UPDATE 9:35 a.m.:
After-school athletics activities (including baseball, softball, soccer, and track and field) scheduled for today at all HISD schools are canceled because of heavy rains.
UPDATE 9:08 a.m.:
Houston ISD officials are closely monitoring the storm system that has brought heavy rains into the region today. So far, no HISD schools have reported any significant weather-related problems. District officials will be keeping a close eye on weather conditions as we approach dismissal time to determine whether any action is necessary to protect the safety of our students and employees. HISD will be posting any weather-related updates here, so be sure to check back often for updates.
UPDATE 9:04 a.m.:
The National Weather Service has just issued a Tornado Warning for Harris County until 8:15 AM. At 7:41 AM NWS Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This storm was located near Bunker Hill and moving NE at 30 mph.
UPDATE: 8:05 a.m.:
NWS has issued a Flood Advisory for Harris County until 10:45 AM. NWS Doppler radar indicated very heavy rain was falling over SW Harris County to Jersey Village to the Woodlands. An inch of rain has fallen in last 30 minutes and another 1 to 2 inches will fall in next 90 minutes.
Per Transtar there are no current road closures due to high water of the major thoroughfares.