It's Our Air - 1-7 Sampling Particulate Matter It's Our Air - Home About Curriculum Quick Index Teacher Tips FAQ Contact ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: What types of particles are present in the air around campus? How much particle pollution do cars emit? How can we compare how much particle pollution is emitted by different cars? TIME NEEDED: 90 minutes MATERIALS: PART 1: COLLECTING PM IN THE AIR Worksheet (included) Option 1: White paper or cardstock Permanent marker Straightedge Petroleum jelly or double-sided tape Stereoscope or microscope plastic plates, cups, hot-glue gun (optional) Option 2: Airborne particulates examination kit Option 3: High-volume air sampler PART 2: COLLECTING PM FROM VEHICLE TAILPIPES Option 1: Socks White cotton athletic socks Masking tape and marking pens Pot holders or heavy gloves Several cars or trucks Option 2: Tissues Stiff white poster board Meter stick Box of tissues Scissors Ruler Tape TOPICS: particulate matter, vehicle emissions TYPES: data collection, data analysis NC ESSENTIAL STANDARDS for Earth/Environmental Science: EEn.2.5.5 Explain how human activities affect air quality SAMPLING PARTICULATE MATTER ACTIVITY In the hands-on activity, students will sample particulate matter around town or campus and compare the results. They will also gather particulate matter from tailpipe emissions and compare different types of vehicles. SAMPLING PARTICULATE MATTER - TEACHER TO TEACHER TIPS The quick video below has tips for doing this activity from Mark Townley, an award-winning, North Carolina high school teacher. Mark helped develop It’s Our Air and has used each of these activities with his students. BACK TO CURRICULUM PAGE OTHER MODULE 1 (AIR POLLUTANTS & THEIR SOURCES) ACTIVITIES AND VIDEOS 1-1 What Is Air? 1-2 Combustion and Combustion Equations 1-3 Parts Per Million 1-4 The Criteria Pollutants and a Closer Look at Ozone 1-5 NC & Local Sources of Air Pollution 1-6 Making and Using Ozone Indicators 1-7 Sampling Particulate Matter (this activity) Follow It's Our Air on Facebook N.C. Division of Air Quality N.C. Air Awareness Program CONTACT THE NC AIR AWARENESS PROGRAM • Mailing Address: 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641 • Physical Address: 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 • Phone: 919-707-8400 • FAX: 919-707-0718 • Email Us: email@example.com MISSION • The North Carolina Air Awareness Program is a public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The primary goal of the program is to reduce air pollution through voluntary actions by individuals and organizations.