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Urban Studies

Global and Local Albedo

Description:  Albedo is the measurement of the amount of solar radiation that is reflected off of a surface.  Ice and snow reflect a large amount of solar radiation causing a high albedo measurement, while the open ocean and soil reflect less solar radiation causing a low albedo measurement.  Solar energy that is absorbed is later emitted as heat. Students will study albedo as it relates to the earth, the local urban heat island effect and the likely results of reduced snow and ice cover on global temperatures.  Students will use Vernier LabQuest handhelds and sensors to measure the temperature and reflected light of different land surfaces on their school grounds.  Using data measurements and observational accounts of weather, students will draw conclusions about the local albedo effect in their area.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day.

Site Requirements:  No specific site requirements.  Program can be done on most school sites.

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Air Quality Assessment

Description:  Students assess local air quality by monitoring their surrounding environment for the presence, absence and/or concentration levels of the six primary air pollutants including: ozone, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and lead.  Students collect weather data and monitor for pollutants utilizing a variety of measurement tools including: Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds, relative humidity sensors, temperature sensors, anemometers, handheld gas detectors, ozone badges and lead detection wipes.  Collected data is analyzed against the Air Quality Index and conclusions are drawn about the local air quality.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format. 
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day.

Site Requirements:  No specific site requirements.  Program can be done on most school sites.

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)