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Air Quality InQuiry (AQ-IQ)
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Students engage in hands-on, true-to-life research experiences on air quality topics chosen for personal interest through a unit composed of one lesson and five associated activities. Using a project-based learning approach suitable for secondary science classrooms and low-cost air quality monitors, students gain the background and skills needed to conduct their own air quality research projects. The curriculum provides: 1) an introduction to air quality science, 2) data collection practice, 3) data analysis practice, 4) help planning and conducting a research project and 5) guidance in interpreting data and presenting research in professional poster format. The comprehensive curriculum requires no pre-requisite knowledge of air quality science or engineering. This curriculum takes advantage of low-cost, next-generation, open-source air quality monitors called Pods. These monitors were developed in a mechanical engineering lab at the University of Colorado Boulder and are used for academic research as well as education and outreach. The monitors are made available for use with this curriculum through AQ-IQ Kits that may be rented from the university by teachers. Alternatively, nearly the entire unit, including the student-directed projects, could also be completed without an air quality monitor. For example, students can design research projects that utilize existing air quality data instead of collecting their own, which is highly feasible since much data is publically available. In addition, other low-cost monitors could be used instead of the Pods. Also, the curriculum is intentionally flexible, so that the lesson and its activities can be used individually. See the Other section for details about the Pods and ideas for alternative equipment, usage without air quality monitors, and adjustments to individually teach the lesson and activities.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ashley Collier
Ben Graves
Daniel Knight
Drew Meyers
Eric Ambos
Eric Lee
Erik Hotaling
Evan Coffey
Hanadi Adel Salamah
Joanna Gordon
Katya Hafich
Michael Hannigan
Nicholas VanderKolk
Olivia Cecil
Victoria Danner
Date Added:
02/07/2017
Carpentries Instructor Training
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A two-day introduction to modern evidence-based teaching practices, built and maintained by the Carpentry community.

Subject:
Computer Science
Information Science
Education
Higher Education
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
The Carpentries
Author:
Aleksandra Nenadic
Alexander Konovalov
Alistair John Walsh
Allison Weber
amoskane
Amy E. Hodge
Andrew B. Collier
Anita Schürch
AnnaWilliford
Ariel Rokem
Brian Ballsun-Stanton
Callin Switzer
Christian Brueffer
Christina Koch
Christopher Erdmann
Colin Morris
Dan Allan
DanielBrett
Danielle Quinn
Darya Vanichkina
davidbenncsiro
David Jennings
Eric Jankowski
Erin Alison Becker
Evan Peter Williamson
François Michonneau
Gerard Capes
Greg Wilson
Ian Lee
Jason M Gates
Jason Williams
Jeffrey Oliver
Joe Atzberger
John Bradley
John Pellman
Jonah Duckles
Jonathan Bradley
Karen Cranston
Karen Word
Kari L Jordan
Katherine Koziar
Katrin Leinweber
Kees den Heijer
Laurence
Lex Nederbragt
Maneesha Sane
Marie-Helene Burle
Mik Black
Mike Henry
Murray Cadzow
naught101
Neal Davis
Neil Kindlon
Nicholas Tierney
Nicolás Palopoli
Noah Spies
Paula Andrea Martinez
Petraea
Rayna Michelle Harris
Rémi Emonet
Rémi Rampin
Sarah Brown
Sarah M Brown
Sarah Stevens
satya-vinay
Sean
Serah Anne Njambi Kiburu
Stefan Helfrich
Stéphane Guillou
Steve Moss
Ted Laderas
Tiago M. D. Pereira
Toby Hodges
Tracy Teal
Yo Yehudi
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Combustion and Air Quality: Emissions Monitoring
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As a class, students use a low-cost air quality monitor (a rentable “Pod”) to measure the emissions from different vehicles. By applying the knowledge about combustion chemistry that they gain during the pre-activity reading (or lecture presentation, alternatively), students predict how the emissions from various vehicles will differ in terms of pollutants (CO2, VOCs and NO2), and explain why. After data collection, students examine the time series plots as a class—a chance to interpret the results and compare them to their predictions. Short online videos and a current event article help to highlight the real-world necessity of understanding and improving vehicle emissions. Numerous student handouts are provided. The activity content may be presented independently of its unit and without using an air quality monitor by analyzing provided sample data.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Mathematics
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ashley Collier
Ben Graves
Daniel Knight
Drew Meyers
Eric Ambos
Eric Lee
Erik Hotaling
Hanadi Adel Salamah
Joanna Gordon
Katya Hafich
Michael Hannigan
Nicholas VanderKolk
Olivia Cecil
Victoria Danner
Date Added:
02/07/2017
Communicating Your Results
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Students groups create scientific research posters to professionally present the results of their AQ-IQ research projects, which serves as a conclusion to the unit. (This activity is also suitable to be conducted independently from its unit—for students to make posters for any type of project they have completed.) First, students critically examine example posters to gain an understanding of what they contain and how they can be made most effective for viewers. Then they are prompted to analyze and interpret their data, including what statistics and plots to use in their posters. Finally, groups are given a guide that aids them in making their posters by suggesting all the key components one would find in any research paper or presentation. This activity is suitable for presenting final project posters to classmates or to a wider audience in a symposium or expo environment. In addition to the poster-making guide, three worksheets, six example posters, a rubric and a post-unit survey are provided.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Mathematics
Statistics and Probability
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ashley Collier
Ben Graves
Daniel Knight
Drew Meyers
Eric Ambos
Eric Lee
Erik Hotaling
Hanadi Adel Salamah
Joanna Gordon
Katya Hafich
Michael Hannigan
Nicholas VanderKolk
Olivia Cecil
Victoria Danner
Date Added:
02/07/2017
Elementary School Engineering Design Field Day
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This unit provides the framework for conducting an “engineering design field day” that combines 6 hands-on engineering activities into a culminating school (or multi-school) competition. The activities are a mix of design and problem-solving projects inspired by real-world engineering challenges: kite making, sail cars, tall towers, strong towers and a ball and tools obstacle course. The assortment of events engage children who have varied interests and cover a range of disciplines such as aerospace, mechanical and civil engineering. An optional math test—for each of grades 1-6—is provided as an alternative activity to incorporate into the field day event. Of course, the 6 activities in this unit also are suitable to conduct as standalone activities that are unaffiliated with a big event.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Units
Author:
Alexander Kon
Alisa Lee
Andrew Palermo
Christopher Langel
Destiny Garcia
Duff Harold
Eric Anderson
Jean Vandergheynst
Jeff Kessler
Josh Claypool
Kelley Hestmark
Lauren Jabusch
Nadia Richards
Sara Pace
Tiffany Tu
Travis Smith
Date Added:
02/17/2017
Linking Sources and Pollutants
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Students use next-generation air quality monitors to measure gas-phase pollutants in the classroom. They apply the knowledge they gained during the associated lesson—an understanding of the connection between air pollutants and their possible sources. Student teams choose three potential pollutant sources and predict how the monitor’s sensors will respond. Then they evaluate whether or not their predictions were correct, and provide possible explanations for any inaccuracies. This activity serves as a simple introduction to the low-cost air quality monitoring technology that students use throughout the associated activities that follow. Three student handouts are provided.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ashley Collier
Ben Graves
Daniel Knight
Drew Meyers
Eric Ambos
Eric Lee
Erik Hotaling
Hanadi Adel Salamah
Joanna Gordon
Katya Hafich
Michael Hannigan
Nicholas VanderKolk
Olivia Cecil
Victoria Danner
Date Added:
02/07/2017
Study Design for Air Quality Research
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Students take an in-depth look at what goes into planning a research project, which prepares them to take the lead on their own projects. Examining a case study, students first practice planning a research project that compares traditional cook stoves to improved cook stoves for use in the developing world. Then they compare their plans to one used in the real-world by professional researchers, gaining perspective and details on the thought and planning that goes into good research work. Then students are provided with example materials, a blank template and support to take them from brainstorming to completing a detailed research plan for their own air quality research projects. Conducting students’ AQ-IQ research studies requires additional time and equipment beyond this planning activity. Then after the data is collected and analyzed, teams interpret the data and present summary research posters by conducting the next associated activity Numerous student handouts and a PowerPoint® presentation are provided.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ashley Collier
Ben Graves
Daniel Knight
Drew Meyers
Eric Ambos
Eric Lee
Erik Hotaling
Evan Coffey
Hanadi Adel Salamah
Joanna Gordon
Katya Hafich
Michael Hannigan
Nicholas VanderKolk
Olivia Cecil
Victoria Danner
Date Added:
02/07/2017
Understanding the Air through Data Analysis
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Students build on their existing air quality knowledge and a description of a data set to each develop a hypothesis around how and why air pollutants vary on a daily and seasonal basis. Then they are guided by a worksheet through an Excel-based analysis of the data. This includes entering formulas to calculate statistics and creating plots of the data. As students complete each phase of the analysis, reflection questions guide their understanding of what new information the analysis reveals. At activity end, students evaluate their original hypotheses and “put all of the pieces together.” The activity includes one carbon dioxide worksheet/data set and one ozone worksheet/data set; providing students and/or instructors with a content option. The activity also serves as a good standalone introduction to using Excel.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ashley Collier
Ben Graves
Daniel Knight
Drew Meyers
Eric Ambos
Eric Lee
Erik Hotaling
Hanadi Adel Salamah
Joanna Gordon
Katya Hafich
Michael Hannigan
Nicholas VanderKolk
Olivia Cecil
Victoria Danner
Date Added:
02/17/2017
The Unix Shell
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Software Carpentry lesson on how to use the shell to navigate the filesystem and write simple loops and scripts. The Unix shell has been around longer than most of its users have been alive. It has survived so long because it’s a power tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources (including “high-performance computing” supercomputers). These lessons will start you on a path towards using these resources effectively.

Subject:
Computer Science
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
The Carpentries
Author:
Adam Huffman
Adam James Orr
Adam Richie-Halford
AidaMirsalehi
Alexander Konovalov
Alexander Morley
Alex Kassil
Alex Mac
Alix Keener
Amy Brown
Andrea Bedini
Andrew Boughton
Andrew Reid
Andrew T. T. McRae
Andrew Walker
Ariel Rokem
Armin Sobhani
Ashwin Srinath
Bagus Tris Atmaja
Bartosz Telenczuk
Ben Bolker
Benjamin Gabriel
Bertie Seyffert
Bill Mills
Brian Ballsun-Stanton
BrianBill
Camille Marini
Chris Mentzel
Christina Koch
Colin Morris
Colin Sauze
csqrs
Damien Irving
Dana Brunson
Daniel Baird
Danielle M. Nielsen
Daniel McCloy
Daniel Standage
Dan Jones
Dave Bridges
David Eyers
David McKain
David Vollmer
Dean Attali
Devinsuit
Dmytro Lituiev
Donny Winston
Doug Latornell
Dustin Lang
earkpr
ekaterinailin
Elena Denisenko
Emily Dolson
Emily Jane McTavish
Eric Jankowski
Erin Alison Becker
Ethan P White
Evgenij Belikov
Farah Shamma
Fatma Deniz
Filipe Fernandes
Francis Gacenga
François Michonneau
Gabriel A. Devenyi
Gerard Capes
Giuseppe Profiti
Greg Wilson
Halle Burns
Hannah Burkhardt
Harriet Alexander
Hugues Fontenelle
Ian van der Linde
Inigo Aldazabal Mensa
Jackie Milhans
Jake Cowper Szamosi
James Guelfi
Jan T. Kim
Jarek Bryk
Jarno Rantaharju
Jason Macklin
Jay van Schyndel
Jens vdL
John Blischak
John Pellman
John Simpson
Jonah Duckles
Jonny Williams
Joshua Madin
Kai Blin
Kathy Chung
Katrin Leinweber
Kevin M. Buckley
Kirill Palamartchouk
Klemens Noga
Kristopher Keipert
Kunal Marwaha
Laurence
Lee Zamparo
Lex Nederbragt
Mahdi Sadjadi
Marcel Stimberg
Marc Rajeev Gouw
Maria Doyle
Marie-Helene Burle
Marisa Lim
Mark Mandel
Martha Robinson
Martin Feller
Matthew Gidden
Matthew Peterson
M Carlise
Megan Fritz
Michael Zingale
Mike Henry
Mike Jackson
Morgan Oneka
Murray Hoggett
Nicolas Barral
Nicola Soranzo
Noah D Brenowitz
Noam Ross
Norman Gray
nther
Orion Buske
Owen Kaluza
Patrick McCann
Paul Gardner
Pauline Barmby
Peter R. Hoyt
Peter Steinbach
Philip Lijnzaad
Phillip Doehle
Piotr Banaszkiewicz
Rafi Ullah
Raniere Silva
Rémi Emonet
reshama shaikh
Robert A Beagrie
Ruud Steltenpool
Ry4an Brase
Sarah Mount
Sarah Simpkin
s-boardman
Scott Ritchie
sjnair
Stéphane Guillou
Stephan Schmeing
Stephen Jones
Stephen Turner
Steve Leak
Susan Miller
Thomas Mellan
Tim Keighley
Tobin Magle
Tom Dowrick
Trevor Bekolay
Varda F. Hagh
Victor Koppejan
Vikram Chhatre
Yee Mey
Date Added:
03/20/2017