Education

Air pollution affects every person on this planet.  But we can learn how to reduce our exposure to air pollutants with education and resources.  Below you will find lots of valuable tools and ideas that can help everyone reduce pollutants in their air!

Students

What can you do at home to keep our air clean?

  • Recycle bottles, cans and papers
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Walk, ride your bikes or take the bus on family outings
  • Help your parents remember to combine their errands into one trip
  • Mow the grass after 6:00 p.m. from May-September
  • Turn thermostats to 72 degrees or higher during the summer

If Pollution Levels Are High:

  • Play outside in the morning and evening when pollution levels will be lower.
  • Pay attention to symptoms like coughing, pain when taking a deep breath, chest tightness or wheezing.
  • If you have any of these symptoms, stop playing and tell your parents, teachers or other adults.

Games

EPA's Environmental Kids Club

Smog City 2

Kid's Air 

Planet Polluto

Videos

How is Ozone formed?

What is Particle Pollution?

Teachers

Air Pollution studies fit in perfectly with your science, math, and language curriculums.  The Bureau's training staff is available to come speak at your school free of charge.  Our programs are tailored to fit your students' needs - from elementary school to college.  We offer a variety of teaching methods including: video, lecture, and touring of our monitoring facilities and laboratories.  Please contact our Public Relations Coordinator at (423) 643-5989 for more information.

Classroom Resource

AIRNow - Real-time monitoring of air pollutants in your area

AIRNow Teachers kit - Offers valuable materials for teachers about air quality

Danger In The Air! - Grade 5-8 study of air pollutants and weather patterns

It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air - Gives teachers the tools and resources they need to present clean air issues to all age groups

Journey to Planet Earth - Hosted by Matt Damon this PBS program offers a voyage of discovery about the planet we inhabit

Why Study Air Quality? - General information for teachers

Eek! The Air Around Us! - Environmental activities for kids