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A remote learning challenge for students from middle school through college

Disasters are a fact of life. By building more resilient individuals and communities, we can reduce the toll of these events and bounce back more quickly. This webquest stimulates critical thinking about how to prepare for disasters and increase resilience in communities.

This webquest is designed to engage and challenge students from middle school through college. Because disasters affect many facets of life, the content fits well with many subject areas, from science to social studies. Students use a variety of online resources including videos, games, and reference materials to gather information as they complete a series of activities. The webquest involves a combination of guided research, individual tasks, and group collaboration.


Are You Resilient? 
Thriving and surviving in the face of adversity.

Dealing With Disaster 
What will your life be like in 3 hours, 3 days, 3 months, 3 years?

Let’s Get Ready 
What will you need in a disaster?



This webquest was developed by the Koshland Science Museum (now LabX) of the National Academy of Sciences. Its key messages are based on expert reports of the National Research Council, including Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative. The online resources used in the webquest have been reviewed by staff of the Koshland Science Museum (now LabX) and subject-matter experts at the National Research Council; many of these online resources draw upon work of the U.S. federal government. 


Questions?  Email labx@nas.edu