A school-based citizen science action project!

Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 school year! This no-cost program is open to Edmonton, Calgary, Cold Lake, Grande Prairie, Sherwood Park and Peace River area schools. Spaces are limited. 

Connecting to Inside Education’s Climate Change Education Initiatives and the Alberta Program of Studies, the C.A.R.S. program aims to develop understanding about air quality, emissions and climate change. With an emphasis on personal action and citizen science, this class-based project will engage students in a local stewardship action while contributing meaningful data to a nation-wide citizen science campaign!


What’s involved?

1. Inside Education support throughout the program including a professional development opportunity! 


We will introduce the program and ensure you have everything you need for success in your classroom. There is a supply teacher subsidy available to teachers who participate in person.

Peace River: January 22, 1:00-3:30pm, NAIT Boreal Research Institute

Edmonton: January 31, 1:00-3:30pm, Location TBC

Grande Prairie, Calgary and Cold Lake professional development will be determined upon school confirmations.


2. An Inside Education Classroom Presentation


Using our award-winning, hands-on approach for classroom programming a professional educator will visit with your students and lead them through an interactive session that provides a local air quality and climate change knowledge to build upon the Grade 5 Weather Unit.


3. Easy to use materials to collect school-based air quality data


Participating schools will be guided through a school yard activity using an airbeam monitoring device that contributes data to air quality experts. Schools will also be provided extension activities to collect further air quality data as well as the opportunity to enhance the experience by borrowing an AirBeam monitoring device. By collecting and downloading the data your school is contributing to a North American citizen science initiative! Check out the map.


4. A student-led education & stewardship campaign


As a culminating activity of the program, each class/school will implement an education campaign in their school (ie: idle-free posters, a presentation to another class, short video etc.) to share the knowledge they gained while studying climate change and local air quality. Inside Education will create a showcase of the projects to present to local air shed groups to celebrate clean air day during environment week!

Need some inspiration? Have a look at the CARS stewardship campaign that made by Victoria School of the Arts.

This program is made possible with the support of: