Full STEAM Ahead #10: Forest Fire in Nebraska


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Why would anyone want to start a forest fire on purpose?  How can you conduct a controlled burn?  What is a restoration biologist?  What components of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) are important to the controlled burn process?

Find the answers to these questions and more by doing a little research (start with the links below).  We would LOVE to take a few interested students to the forest to learn more about this process.  Your ticket?  Read on!

Research Links:

Watch a video and read about the controlled burn here: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Restoration-by-Fire-335412371.html

Here is another news source: http://www.ketv.com/news/why-crews-will-soon-set-fontenelle-forest-on-fire/35996890

Fontenelle Forest Website:  http://www.fontenelleforest.org

Article-Reducing catastrophic wildfires through managed burns: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150918152244.htm

When you are finished researching, display your learning somehow.  Push yourself to try a new app or a new way of showing your learning.  Here are some examples:

  • Write a letter Fontenelle Forest
  • If you could interview a restoration biologist, what questions would you ask?
  • Make a picture book or an A-Z book about the topic (an A-Z book has something related to the topic for every letter in the alphabet)

Email your finished product to the EY coordinator.

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