Air Quality and Climate
February 22, 2023 - In-person in Edmonton (12:30 - 4:30 pm) *lunch included
February 22, 2023 - Virtual (1:00 - 3:30 pm)
The connections between air quality, climate change and health isn’t just a lot of hot air. Join this no-cost professional development program to unpack the science behind air pollutants as we learn from experts and discover how, where and why air quality is monitored and what that means for you and your students!
Studying local air quality provides a perfect opportunity to engage your students in real-world science. Inside Education is here to help you take your weather, climate and environmental chemistry units to the next level! You will leave this program with the tools and resources needed to support meaningful air quality education and stewardship in your classroom and walk away with a new appreciation for the air we breathe!
Hands-on air quality and climate program that empowers climate action!
All attending educators will have an opportunity to utilize a Temboo air quality monitor during the 2022-2023 school year to allow students to collect actual air quality data and see the impact that they can have on local air quality.
Like all Inside Education programs, this teacher PD will be completely no-cost, including a travel subsidy OR ½ day supply teacher subsidy. Lunch is included for in-person PD participants.
Based on our Clean, Air, Responsible Schools - C.A.R.S. - program aims this opportunity aims to develop an understanding of air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change, with an emphasis on science data collection and personal action. This program will help you engage students in a local stewardship action and empower them to be the agents of change for GHG reductions at your school by collecting meaningful data with your very own air quality sensor!
Participating schools will receive:
- An informative PD session where you will meet experts and expand your teaching network
- Use of the Temboo air quality monitor to collect information on air pollutants including PM2.5, temperature, and relative humidity so students can see the immediate effects of inversions, smokey skies, increases in school traffic, and more!
- Inside Education’s support to implement an education action project to improve air quality around the school (ie: idle-free campaign, carpool zones, tree planting project, etc.)
- A personalized copy of “The Daily Breather” that outlines your air quality data in a student-friendly sharable format
This program is open to all Alberta teachers and is suited for grades 5-10 with strong curricular connections to Grade 5 Weather Watch and Grade 9 Environmental Chemistry, and perfect for any lessons that teach scientific data collection and interpretation.
Grade 5 Science - Weather Watch
Grade 5 Science - Classroom Chemistry
Grade 7 Science - Interactions and Ecosystems
Grade 8 Science - Mix and Flow of Matter
Grade 9 Science - Environmental Chemistry
Science 24 - Applications of Matter and Chemical Change
Science 24 - Disease Defence and Human Health
Science 30 - Chemistry and the Environment
Program tentative schedule:
|12:30-1:15||In-Person: Lunch and Registration|
|1:45-2:15||Air Quality 101 with ACA|
|2:15-2:45||Meet the Airsheds of Alberta!|
In-Person: Air Quality Monitoring Tour
Virtual: Project Planning and Wrap
|3:30-4:30||In-Person: Project Planning and Wrap|