AMP-IT-UP 8th Grade Hot Shot Challenge


Module Summary: AMP-IT-UP - Rescue the Hotshots!

Students simulate a Hotshot Firefighters planning team as they define extraction logistics using the Pythagorean Theorem and the linear equation for distance, rate and time. In the process, they construct a coordinate graph of different Hotshot team positions and determine each teams’ pacing so that all teams meet at the helicopter extraction point at the same time.

For Teachers:

Annotated Teacher Edition - The teacher edition of the Hot Shot Challenge curriculum that has been annotated with notes and tips for teachers.
Prep Guide - Instructions on how to implement the module. Includes information about the standards that the module addresses and how to incorporate the 5E learning model.
Materials List - List of all materials that are needed for the module. List includes the cost and vendors of the materials.
Supply Check List - Spreadsheet used to check that all materials needed for the module are present.

For Students:

Student Edition - The module curriculum booklet for students.
Student Pages Packet - The worksheets that students will need to complete the module.


  1. Video - What is a Hotshot Firefighter? - A video explaining what a hot shot firefighter is.

Complete Set of Module Files:

Download a complete package of the module here


Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrated To Unlock Potential (AMP-IT-UP)
is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award Number: 1238089)