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NC HIGH SCHOOL AIR QUALITY ACTIVITIES AND VIDEOS

It’s Our Air is a free, North Carolina specific curriculum that includes a series of activities and videos focused on air quality for the state's high school level Earth and Environmental Science teachers and educators to use with their students. It’s Our Air is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the science and technology that helps us explain, monitor, predict and protect air quality. It’s Our Air engages students in learning the science of air quality using a variety of hands-on activities and dynamic video segments. The activities and videos provide a comprehensive curriculum that can be used as is or adapted by teachers to fit their course needs, with teachers picking and choosing from the various activities and videos. All activities are aligned with the N.C. Essential Standards for high school Earth and Environmental Science.

The curriculum consists of three modules: Air Pollutants and Their Sources, Predicting Air Pollution, and Problems and Solutions. These modules contain 15 structured, hands-on classroom and field activities in which students use data analysis, experimentation, creativity, research and mapping to understand air quality science and issues. 9 short videos are associated with specific concepts or activities with the goal of enhancing learning via animated illustration of scientific concepts, “virtual” field trips, and interviews with scientists. Videos feature an engaging host/teacher and a diverse group of NC high school students.

SNEAK PEEK VIDEO

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AIR POLLUTANTS 
AND THEIR SOURCES

7 activities and 4 videos covering the basic science of air quality including: properties of air, combustion, the criteria pollutants, local & regional pollution data, and detecting ozone and particulate matter.

air quality index displayed on a computer monitor

PREDICTING 
AIR POLLUTION

3 activities and 1 video exploring the science of predicting air pollution including: the air quality index, developing a model to predict ground-level ozone, and air quality monitoring forecasting.

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AIR POLLUTION
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

5 activities and 4 videos introducing possible solutions to our air quality problems including: scientific research on problems caused by ozone and PM, personal energy and driving choices, technology solutions, energy efficiency, alternative energy, regulations.

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