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On the Air: Exploring Air Pollution Sources and Solutions

The interactive On the Air education curriculum provides teachers with information and resources to teach students about air quality issues. Seven teaching units — ranging from the Air Quality Index (AQI) to air pollutants and health — develop critical thinking skills in a fun and engaging way. Each unit includes activity descriptions, handouts, worksheets, teacher background reading, and more.

The On the Air curriculum and kit were developed with 6th grade students in mind, at schools within the metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region. However, the curriculum is accessible to science teachers across the country and can be downloaded at any time.

Clean Air Partners is also available to conduct outreach through our On the Air summer program. The full program is approximately two hours in length, addresses a range of topics, and is adaptable for public and private camps and multiple group sizes and venues. The summer outreach program is developed for 4th to 8th graders within the jurisdictions of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

The students of today will be leaders in reducing air pollution tomorrow. On the Air provides students with information about how they can make a real difference and inspires long-term action. 

If you have any questions about the On the Air curriculum or summer program, please contact Education Program Manager, Rebecca Davis, by email or phone (703-340-6875).

Download the Curriculum

The On the Air curriculum includes seven units that are:

  • Tied to and cross referenced to both your required curriculum and your state’s education standards
  • Interactive, including hands-on activities, labs, and investigations
  • Inquiry based and designed to develop critical thinking skills
  • Complete with background information, student worksheets, teaching props, and visual aids
  • Relevant, fun, and engaging for students