A school-based citizen science action project!

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Thank you to all the schools who applied to the CARS program during the 2016-2017 school year, the program intake is now closed! Application are now open for the 2017-2018 school year, this no-cost program is open to Edmonton and Calgary area schools & Red Deer schools. Spaces are limited. CARSon

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. A half-day PD session that will introduce the program and ensure you have everything you need for success in your classroom. This session will occur in January 2017 in Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer. The exact time, day and location TBC. There is a $75 supply teacher subsidy available to participating teachers.

2. An Inside Education Classroom Presentation

Using our award-winning, hands-on approach for classroom programming a professional educator will visit with your students to get them excited to participate in the program and provide a foundation of 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 provided an AirBeam monitoring device and supplemental activities to collect air quality data in your school yard. The data will be collected over a one week time period in February-March. 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 local air quality. Inside Education will also create a showcase of the projects to present to local air shed groups to celebrate clean air during environment week!

Need some inspiration? Have a look at the stewardship campaign that made by Victoria School of the Arts a 2015/2016 CARS school.

 

This program is made possible with the support of: