Education Roundup for Jan. 13

Online game teaches emergency response


The National Fire Protection Association launched its Sparky the Fire Dog game this week to help children learn emergency preparedness.

"Everyone runs the risk of experiencing a natural disaster and that includes children," said Amy LeBeau, the association's communication manager of public education. "Sparky's new game is a great way for parents and teachers to educate children about emergency preparedness with a fun interactive lesson."

The game teaches children what items to include in an emergency supplies kit. Players travel through an island, campground, safari, haunted house, underwater adventure and prehistoric park to locate items such as flashlights, batteries, extra clothing, a whistle and canned food.

After finding all the emergency supplies, children can download and print out an emergency supplies checklist they can use to make their own emergency supplies kit.

To play Sparky's game, visit

Contest offers $5,000 for best ethics essay

Junior Achievement and Deloitte & Touche USA are offering their third annual "Excellence through Ethics" essay contest, in which high school seniors demonstrate their knowledge and views on business ethics.

To enter, students should compose an original essay of 500 words or less in response to an ethical dilemma posted at

"One of the best ways to teach ethical decision-making is by applying its principles to real-life situations," said Ainar D. Aijala, Jr., vice chairman and deputy chief executive officer of Deloitte and chairman of the JA board. "This contest is an important exercise not only for the winner, but for every student who draws on the critical thinking necessary to compose an essay submission."

The essays will be judged on how well the students use an ethical decision-making process in developing a response to the dilemma and how well they understand the importance of good business ethics.

Entries must be submitted online by March 5.

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