FireWorks is an educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades 1-12. The program consists of a curriculum and a trunk of materials, including laboratory equipment, specimens, and kits of specialized materials for teachers.
FireWorks provides students with interactive, hands-on materials to study wildland fire. It is highly interdisciplinary and students learn about properties of matter, chemical and physical processes, ecosystem fluctuations and cycles, habitat and survival, and human interactions with ecosystems. Students using FireWorks ask questions, gather information, analyze and interpret it, and communicate their discoveries.
The FireWorks program consists of a curriculum and a trunk of materials, including laboratory equipment, specimens, and kits of specialized materials for educators. While many of the activities can be used in any ecosystem, many are applicable to specific regions. FireWorks has specialized curricula to learn about:
To increase student understanding:
To enhance scientific literacy and critical thinking about science-related social issues among students, FireWorks aims to increase student skills in:
Full curricula, as well as information on how to borrow FireWorks trunks, are available on the FireWorks website.
Educator workshops are offered each year to teach educators, community leaders, and agency communicators how to use FireWorks. Two research projects have shown that FireWorks increases student and adult understanding of wildland fire (see FireWorks: Hands-on Education).