Indoor Air Pollution

(Grades 4-12)

Objectives:  Students should be able to
  1. Identify various types and sources of indoor air pollution
  2. Recognize molds/fungi that can grow indoors
  3. Understand indoor pollution abatement
Major Concept:

Air Pollution
Sources:  Point; Non-point
Effects on the human body
Indoor Air Pollution
How to measure
Diseases caused by indoor air pollution

Materials for in-class activities:

Drawings of fungi, molds
Filter paper
Petri dishes with growth medium/directions for use
Collection pumps
Ozone/NO2 samplers
Rubber bands
Public Health Literacy handout on Biological Pollutants

Student In-class Activities:

Discussion of the major concepts
Study respiratory and cardiovascular systems
Collection of particles/mold using collection pumps
Observation of fungi/dust samples using a microscope
* Collection of dust/dirt on filter paper
* Grow molds in Petri dishes and look at results under microscopes
* Examine effects of indoor air on rubber bands
* Utilize ozone/NO2 samplers to test indoor air

* These are done over a period of a week or more, and results are discussed at a second visit by EHEP.

Program Enrichment:

Follow-up Activities for classroom or home:
Measure/collect dust in home
Collect molds in Petri dishes for above experiment
Monitor Ozone or NO2 in school
Read about gases, air pollution, diseasesSelected web-sites for student/teacher use:

Program links to: Health, physics, math, biology, chemistry, literacy, technology