Dear Division 16,
I hope you have all had an amazing summer so far! I have just returned from camping in the Okanagan for three weeks and while I was there I witnessed the start and rapid growth of a very large forest fire and the efforts of the firefighters to contain and fight that fire. It was a very scary and also interesting experience.
So for your (optional) homework, please read this article about the Martin Mars bombers. There are links to related articles and audio clips of radio interviews, which are also very interesting.
For this assignment, please answer one (or both, if you are looking for the chance to do some writing) of the following options:
1. Make a connection to the issues surrounding the forest fires in BC. This could be a personal experience, a connection to another article you’ve read (please feel free to include a link to that article), issues related to funding of firefighters, possible reasons for the increase in forest fires, inferences you’ve made about the fires or any other thoughts or ideas you have about the current state of BC forest fires. Remember to answer in full sentences and to make sure your thoughts are well explained.
2. The article gives an example of a technology that was invented for one purpose and is now used for another. In this case, the bomber was originally invented as a weapon, was then used for transportation and now is used to assist fire fighters in British Columbia. Can you think of another technology that is currently used for a purpose other than for what it was invented? Be specific and include at least one example.
I look forward to your responses! I miss you guys.