Kids Making Sense - Our Planet is a Classroom

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Kids Making Sense, developed by scientists and educators at Sonoma Technology, unites Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in a complete measurement and environmental education curriculum. It aims to empower young people to monitor and improve air quality in their communities.
Air pollution is a growing concern around the world, and it is particularly concerning for children who are more vulnerable to its harmful effects. Poor air quality can cause respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, and other health issues. Furthermore, air pollution can have a significant impact on the environment and the planet as a whole.
The Kids Making Sense program aims to raise awareness about air pollution and its impact on public health and the environment. The program provides young people with the tools and knowledge they need to collect and analyze air quality data. Through hands-on workshops and training, students learn about the science behind air pollution and how to use low-cost air quality sensors to monitor air quality in their communities.
The program also emphasizes the importance of community engagement and activism. Students are encouraged to share their findings with their communities and to take action to improve air quality in their neighborhoods. This can include working with local officials to implement policies that address air pollution, or working with community organizations to educate others about the issue.
One of the unique aspects of the Kids Making Sense program is its use of low-cost air quality sensors. These sensors are affordable and easy to use, allowing young people to collect accurate and reliable air quality data. The program provides students with these sensors and teaches them how to calibrate and use them effectively.
The program has been successful in empowering young people to take action on air pollution. Students who have participated in the program have used their data to advocate for policy changes, such as anti-idling campaigns at schools and relocation of portable classrooms. The program has also helped to raise awareness about air pollution and its impact on public health, leading to increased community engagement and activism.
Overall, the Kids Making Sense program is an important initiative that is making a difference in the fight against air pollution. By empowering young people to monitor and improve air quality in their communities, the program is helping to create a healthier and more sustainable future for all of us.

Kids Making Sense kit

Olivia S. Ryder

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Olivia S. Ryder, PhD
Atmospheric Scientist / Kids Making Sense Program Manager