In 2008 SFPE partnered with Discovery Education to create a new in-school program
titled The Chemistry of Fire. The program was funded by a grant from the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.
The Chemistry of Fire is geared to high school chemistry students. It will
teach students the science behind fire as a way for students to fully understand
the dangers of fire. As a result, it will increase the awareness of fire and
the importance of home fire prevention. The interactive program includes a teacher's
guide with five lesson plans, a DVD that demonstrates exciting experiments included
in the lessons, three classroom posters and a web site where teachers and students
can find more classroom and career resources.
"Each year in the United States more than 3,000 people die and 18,000
are injured as a result of fire. Our goal is to bring the science of fire to
the classroom as a way of increasing the awareness of fires and how to prevent
them," says Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE Engineering Program Manager. "It
fills a void in the high school chemistry curriculum because this information
isn't currently provided in any high school texts."
"As a result of this partnership between Discovery and SFPE, high school
students across the U.S. will have access to a high-quality program that will
deliver enlightening and powerful fire-safety messages," said Mary Rollins,
director of sponsorship's for Discovery Education. "This program will reach
thousands of teachers, students and families."
Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of fire protection engineers. Their
skills are necessary to protect people and property from the threat of fire.
These lessons will help students explore career opportunities in the field of
fire protection engineering.
Teacher's Resource Guide
This guide [PDF] offers five lessons for chemistry teachers to introduce students to the chemistry of fire.
If you would like a free hard copy of the Chemistry of Fire Program, which includes the Teacher's Resource Guide, a DVD and a poster for your classroom, contact SFPE.
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