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Do-It-Yourself Air Monitoring – Explore the Atmosphere and Turn on Light Bulbs!

This web seminar took place on September 25, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time. The presenter was Dr. Gayle Hagler, environmental engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Hagler explored what makes up the air that we breathe and the kind of research being done on the subject - both at EPA as well as in the classroom. By engaging with teachers, Dr. Hagler quizzed the teachers on their knowledge of what makes up the atmosphere - e.g., particulate matter, the ozone layer, gases, and pollutants - as well as the importance of good air quality. Dr Hagler then talked about EPA's work, as well as how citizens can also be involved, using the examples of: (1) the Village Green project, (2) the Forest Fire project, and (3) the Discover-AQ project. The seminar then closed with information about the 'Air Sensor Kit' and how it can be used in the classroom.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I loved this seminar! I can't wait to have my students create their own pollution/air quality research projects."
  • "Very informative, eye-opening, interactive! Thanks again!"
  • "I liked the case studies which can be used as good discussion points in class."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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Underwritten by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency