Students use hand-held AirBeam monitors to map air
quality around campus and in their neighborhoods.
Anyone exposed to air pollution can experience its negative health impacts, but childhood exposure to unhealthy air can cause long-term damage to kids' developing lungs. That's why CFROG partnered with Sonoma Technology, Inc. to get their Kids Making Sense air monitoring program to kids in Ventura County.
We are providing local schools and community youth programs with a curriculum, training, and hand-held air monitors that measure particulate matter (PM) concentrations in real time. Teachers and community youth program leaders take the air monitors back to their classroom and mold the curriculum to fit the needs and interests of their students. Developed by air quality scientists and educators, Kids Making Sense unites STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) with air sensing systems to teach students about air pollution using project-based learning and hands-on activities.
The purpose of this program is to educate kids about air quality at a time when they are developing their own personal habits, and help them develop a level of engagement that translates into action. We want these students and their parents to be involved in improving their local air quality.
CFROG has successfully partnered with educators from Ojai School Unified, Ventura Unified School, Oxnard Union High School District, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
We are currently in the 2nd cycle of the program, and our second training will take place on November 14, 2019. Teachers or community youth program leaders, please contact Lynna@cfrog.org if you would like to sign up for the Fall 2019 Kids Making Sense Training.