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ERIC Number: EJ932795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Science for the People: High School Students Investigate Community Air Quality
Marks-Block, Tony
Rethinking Schools, v25 n3 p22-27 Spr 2011
Over a year, a small group of high school students risked their afternoons and summer to participate in a science program that was "much different from science class." This was one of several after-school programs in Oakland and Richmond that the author was leading as an instructor with the East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS). Students in their projects carry out local, community-based research. Given the proximity of many schools to freeways, train tracks, and industry, they decided to focus on energy production and its relation to air quality as a way to help develop science literacy and environmental justice leaders. What was once commonplace--a train speeding through the neighborhood--became a catalyst for students to understand the connections between energy and air quality. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A