School: Mesa Mid
Area of Science: Social Sciences
Interim: Team 83
Mesa Middle School
In our project we are focusing on how audacious most school evacuating systems are, and how they can risk students and staff’s lives and how we could add different routes to our school that can make the paths safer, faster, and easier to follow, ignoring all the madness that usually follows once exiting a building. We had noticed that our school fire drill routes, as well as others, had been excruciatingly crowded, since a majority of the classes follow the same itineraries, making the hallways crowded, which can be extremely difficult for students with special needs, and/or disabilities, such as a broken leg, which can make for difficult movement among a crowded hallway.
The solution to the problem is that we are planning to have the program find the quickest egress to a safe spot; however, the program itself would have to find its own path, and whichever gets there faster, and with less agents who have “died” making it so that we can find the quickest, and safest route. To explain the dying process, we are planning to have a certain amount of agents “die” or get hurt by the passing fire, and then take results from there.
Progress to Date:
To date, we have so far researched what makes a route safe. We learned that each exit route has to be permanent according to osha.gov, and that we need more than two exits in each building, which most schools do normally have, the first route being the one that you would usually choose, however, if the fire happens to be in the path, you’d go to route B, however, you aren’t always going to know where to go. We have learned through our school principle Mr. Jacquez, that if our designated area is in fact unapproachable, or on fire, they’d point everyone towards a new destination, which would make it and even longer process if everyone had been in different places, instead of the one spot. Our vice principal, Mr. Almanzar, has also informed us that it takes approximately 3 minutes to get everyone out in the designated area. Which may not sound like a lot, but it is, a lot can happen in three minutes. Each building has its own number of exits depending on the amount of people, so if there were 500 people per se, you’d have to have at least 3 exit routes to get everyone to safety according to iccsafe.org
In our results, we expect to be able to find various paths in which we could then review the data in how many people were injured, and how long it took for them to reach the safe spot (in our program). We then hope to be able to present our new route ideas to our principle, Mr. Jacquez or our school board and fire department, hoping they might consider our idea. According to our vice-principal, Dr. Hull, we need to have everyone able to communicate with each other, which is why we’d ned to stay in the same place, however, we propose with our new plan that we have a staff member in each “group” at the safe spots to have a radio to inform the security or principle’s about how many students, who are supposed to be there, are there.
• Gabe Jacquez
• Toni Hull
• Ralph Almanzar
Sponsoring Teacher: Tracie Mikesell
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