- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The National Hurricane Museum and Science Center has formed an advisory panel of educators, scientists and policy-makers to help create a curriculum for middle school children.

The American Press reported (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the curriculum will center on extreme weather and coastal preservation.

The museum and science center has raised $38 million of the $68 million needed to build the facility in Lake Charles.

Once completed, the curriculum will be distributed mostly digitally in the five states along the U.S. Gulf Coast, said Robert Sullivan, a consultant with the Washington, D.C.-based firm Chora. He said the goal is to test the material in about six districts, which will adopt the subject matter into their programs.

“Once we have teachers and superintendents on board and see the value of it, then we will try to adopt it more broadly on a nationwide basis,” Sullivan said.

Experimental elements of the classwork will be produced and distributed within the next semester of the school year, Sullivan added.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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