The following lesson was developed through a partnership between CARTEEH and Texas A&M University’s Teaching Learning & Culture Department.
Many people are unfamiliar with the serious environmental problem of air pollution compared to other issues like anthropogenic climate change. However, in 2016 the World Health Organization attributed 4.2 million premature deaths to unhealthy air quality worldwide. Air quality challenges are likely to become more exacerbated as populations, transportation, and energy demands continue to grow. This sequence of lessons is designed to promote a deep understanding of this critical issue, including the scientific knowledge and societal decision-making facets. Each lesson draws on the extensive science education research base to foster a logical flow, questions, and activities that promote a high-quality and meaningful learning experience for students.
- Promote a deep and robust knowledge of the air pollution environmental issue.
- Build an accurate understanding of the airborne particles we breathe, including the types of particles, the sources of various particles, and the health and environmental impacts of
different particulates. The focus is on particulate particles.
- Stimulate civic decision-making using reasoning and scientific evidence to