Teachers and Students
K-12 Air Quality Education
NC Air Awareness is the public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The program helps individuals and organizations understand how voluntary actions can reduce air pollution improve your health. The program provides a variety of K-12 lessons and resources for teachers. All classroom lessons are aligned with the NC Essential Standards to help students reach established academic goals. In many areas, our staff can come to your classroom to share air quality activities with your students. Please provide your students the opportunity to learn more about North Carolina air quality and what they can do to help keep our air clean!
Find a local air awareness expert near you, visit the NC Air Awareness page here and see the Take Action! section. If you would like to schedule an air quality activity or lesson in your school, please contact:
Lessons and Activities
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
The Adventures of Clair and CAM
The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up!
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Breathe, Don't Burn!
Learn more at the Open Burning Teachers and Student page
High School (Grades 9-12)
It's Our Air
Learn more at http://www.itsourair.org/
Every year, the NC Division of Air Quality invites seventh grade students to participate in the AQ-IQ Contest. The AQ-IQ Contest gives students a chance to create a project that highlights an air quality issue and provides a solution to that issue. The AQ-IQ Contest links closely with the NC Essential Standards, and puts the student in the role of presenting the information, which is one of the most effective ways to learn. For more details about the contest, how to participate and project closing date visit: AQ-IQ Contest
Periodically during the year NC Air Awareness offers teacher workshops. The goal of these free workshops is to make teachers familiar with the properties of air, what air pollution is, how each of us contributes to air pollution, and K-12 air quality education activities currently available. We try to reach this goal through a combination of hands-on activities, presentation materials, videos and games. Workshops may have the opportunity for Continuing Education Unit (C.E.U.) credit and Criteria I Credit for the North Carolina Environmental Education Certificate. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a conference in your area or find out about air quality educaiton workshops