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Fires, floods, hurricanes: Teachers turn natural disasters into science and history lessons

Ed Source – Carolyn Jones

“The fires may be out in the Wine Country, but they’re still a daily topic in many California classrooms. At Design Tech High, a charter school in Burlingame that’s affiliated with Oracle, students are analyzing the science behind the Tubbs Fire that raged through Sonoma County in October and creating blueprints for how the destroyed neighborhoods can rebuild in a way that could minimize impacts from the next fire. The crash course in sustainability is an example of how, amidst the devastation and human suffering, teachers are using wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters to further students’ understanding of science, history and social studies.”(more)

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