Air Quality

Air Quality Teaching Box

Air pollution takes many forms - from particles of soot large enough to see, to individual molecules of ozone and nitrogen oxides. Air quality measurements let people know when the amounts of pollutants pose a health risk. This teaching box is filled with educational resources that help students explore the science of, and solutions to, air pollution.
Air QualityImpacts of Climate Change

CO2: How Much Do You Spew?

Students analyze the energy consumption of a hypothetical household to determine the amount of carbon dioxide they are adding to the atmosphere each year.
Air QualityCloudsHow Weather WorksStorms and Other WeatherLayers of the Atmosphere

Infusing Science with the Arts

Explore STEAM education resources developed at the UCAR Center for Science Education.
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Mixing Up Parts Per Million (and Billion)

Students follow steps to dilute a colored dye in water until the dye is one part per million. Then students consider atmospheric gases that are present in trace quantities, like ozone, and discuss how pollutants can be hazardous at very small concentrations.
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Modeling Smog

In this activity, students create molecule models using marshmallows to understand and explain how smog forms.
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Name That Air Pollutant

Students create graphic organizers describing the four major air pollutants reported in the Air Quality Index (ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide) and then identify the pollutants with a guessing game.
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Ozone Attack

In this activity, students observe how rubber bands deteriorate, developing cracks or pits, in locations with different ozone levels.
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Ozone in Our Neighborhood

Students will experiment to understand variations in the amount of ground-level ozone between different places in their neighborhood, town, or city.
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Whirling, Swirling Air Pollution

In this activity students get a sense of the many ways in which daily activities use natural resources and contribute to air pollution.