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Aerosol particles - microscopic bits of dust, soot, and sea spray suspended in the air -​ are the most poorly understood component of Earth's atmosphere. Our atmosphere is made up primarily of gases. In addition to these gases, our atmosphere also contains very small liquid droplets and solid particles, known as particulate matter (PM).

These particles play an important role in human health and climate that we will explore with these activities.

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  • Climate Science & Atmospheric Chemistry

    Understanding the current science behind atmospheric chemistry, the impact of aerosols on climate and public health, and how scientists are working to better understand the issues that we face at the intersection of these topics.

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    20 minutes

  • Aerosols and Incomplete Combustion

    Learn about what an incomplete combustion reaction is and why it's important for understanding air pollution.

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    4 minutes

  • Demostración de Nube en una Botella

    Demostración de Nube en una Botella
    Por Anna Lucia López-Avedoy (Profesora de Ciencias, Climate Kids - Mexico Program)

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    4 minutes

  • Virtual Lab Field Trip

    Take a look inside one of the CAICE laboratories and learn about the scientific instruments that researchers use to learn about aerosols! This tour is of the Grassian lab and led by PhD student Stephanie Mora Garcia.

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    8 minutes

  • Demostración del Contador de Partículas de Aire

    Demostración del Contador de Partículas de Aire
    Por Anna Lucia López-Avedoy (Profesora de Ciencias, Climate Kids - Mexico Program)

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    3 minutes

  • ¡Tour Virtual de Laboratorio!

    ¡Eche un vistazo dentro de uno de los laboratorios CAICE y aprenda sobre los instrumentos científicos que los investigadores usan para aprender sobre aerosoles! Este recorrido es del laboratorio Grassian y está dirigido por la estudiante de doctorado Stephanie Mora Garcia.

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    8 minutes

  • Participate in Community Science - Purple Air Sensors

    This program is designed to engage students in a hands on research experience. Students will design their own experiment, analyze data and create visual representations of their research findings.

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    4 minutes

  • Comprensión del Indice de Calidad del Aire

    Comprensión del Indice de Calidad del Aire
    Por Anna Lucia López-Avedoy (Profesora de Ciencias, Climate Kids - Mexico Program)

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    3 minutes

  • Making a Cloud in a Bottle

    Learn how clouds are made and how we can recreate the formation of clouds in a bottle!

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    4 minutes

  • Aerosoles

    Aprende qué son los aerosoles y cómo contribuyen a la contaminación atmosférica.

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    8 minutes

  • Aerosols, Clouds, and Climate!

    Learn about both natural (ash, sea spray, dust) and human (pollution) sources of aerosols and why understanding aerosols is important to our climate and our health. See a cloud in a bottle demonstration, incomplete combustion demonstration, and make your own particle collector.

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    43 minutes

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  • Building a Cloud Mobile

    Particle materials like dust, pollution, and water vapor are all known as aerosols, which are particles floating in the air. Water vapor condenses around these materials and helps to form clouds, which affect things like air quality, temperature, and weather patterns.

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    5 minutes

  • Drawing Emotions Like the Weather

    Connect emotions to the weather in this art activity!

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    30 minutes

  • Make Your Own Aerosol Particle Collector

    Learn about how scientists collect aerosol particles out in the field and see how you can make your own aerosol particle collector to use in and around your house.

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    10 minutes

  • Capture the Air Pinwheels

    Learn how to make a pinwheel that spins through the air!

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    50 minutes

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storytelling
 
  • Exploring SeaSCAPE

    Artist Dr. Nigella Hillgarth shares "Through the Lens of SeaSCAPE", her art series inspired by the SeaSCAPE experiment performed by researchers at the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE).

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    7 minutes

  • The Ballad of CO2

    What is the role of Carbon Dioxide in global warming? This animated music video provides an entertaining explanation that is suitable for learners of all ages.

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    4 minutes

  • Climate Science: What You Need to Know

    Learn the basic science of climate change in 24 easy steps.

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    6 minutes

  • Threats to Our Atmosphere

    Learn about the protective blanket around Earth, called the atmosphere, the threats it faces, and what we can do to help.

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  • My Name is Aerosol

    Aerosols are minute solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere. Examples include desert dust, sea salt from ocean spray, volcanic ash, smoke from wildfires and emissions from the burning of coal and oil. These tiny particles affect weather and climate, cause hazy skies and can pose serious health hazards. Aerosols also can act as sites for chemical reactions, such as those that lead to the destruction of stratospheric ozone, i.e., the ozone hole.

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    2 minutes

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additional resources
 
Climate Science & Atmospheric Chemistry Traveling Trunk

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will gain an understanding of the current science behind atmospheric chemistry, the impact of aerosols on climate and public health, and how scientists are working to better understand the issues that we face at the intersection of these topics.

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Climate Science + Atmospheric Chemistry Traveling Trunk Training

Learn how to use the Climate Science + Atmospheric Chemistry Traveling Trunk with your student group.

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will gain an understanding of the current science behind atmospheric chemistry, the impact of aerosols on climate and public health, and how scientists are working to better understand the issues that we face at the intersection of these topics.

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Video

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14 minutes

General Climate Kids
Resources

Check out the educational materials, coloring books, and fun activities that cover numerous subject topics!

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partner resources
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals - Environmental Education Outreach Program
NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment
Purple Air
South Central CASC - Tribal Youth Resources
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