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Air Pollution: What Is the Solution?
This educational project uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of ground level ozone. Through this project, students will discover what ground level ozone is, what factors contribute to its formation and how breathing ozone affects health. Students will use data and animated maps from the internet to monitor the presence of ground level ozone. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively. Teacher sections include a primer on ground level ozone and tips for utilizing class time. By the end of the project, they will be able to read the Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality Index chart, record weather data, create graphs to help visualize or recognize trends, predict when ground level ozone may occur, and use knowledge gained to create awareness about its associated health effects.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Project
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Environmental science
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999, 2001 Stevens Institute of Technology, Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education. All rights reserved. You may not distribute the text or graphics to others without the express written permission of the Trustees; mirror or include this information in your own documents or server without permission; or modify or re-use the text or graphics on this system. Requests should be sent to: Joshua D. Baron, Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, email: jbaron@stevens-tech.edu, phone: 201-216-8070, fax: 201-216-8069.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-177
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Personal health
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Risks and benefits
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Personal and community health
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Liesl Hotaling
Stevens Institute of Technology, Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education

Publisher: Stevens Institute for Technology, Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education
http://www.k12science.org/index.html