︎WHAT IS IN YOUR AIR?
IMPACTED YOUTH YEAR LONG AIR QUALITY CURRICULUM.
NAME: What Is In Your Air?
COLLABORATORS: National Environmental Education Foundation, Lichens CitiSci, USDA USFS National Air Resource Management Program, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Sunny Wolf Charter School
LOCATION: Oregon, USA
DATE RANGE: 2021-2023, ongoing efforts
THE WHAT: What Is In Your Air? encompassed 30 weeks of in-class activities, fieldwork, and outdoor school activities for 5th and 6th graders. Weeks were divided into three phases, aimed to incorporate a variety of learning activities to encourage students to engage with air quality content on many levels.
General focus on what air quality is and why it is important
Connect air quality topics to things they are familiar with (wildfires, birding, scientific concepts, cars) and created career connections
Data-based activities (graphing their purple air data, working with state air data) and the importance of visual aids, incorporating the Tribal perspective, fieldwork capstone, and empowerment exercises
IMPACT: Enhancing students' understanding about the impacts of air quality on human health, ecological health, and climate change, and to empower them to take action on protecting the air.
“Made me appreciate that we can breath clean air and live the life that was meant for us.”
“I will do things differently, I will care about the world more, with less fire and more safety, in my life and to help everyone else.”
“I will use my bike more often and be more aware of what I do for air quality.”