Climate Science Alliance Partners with NSF CAICE to Educate Students on Climate Science & Aerosols

The Climate Science Alliance and our Climate Kids team are excited to work with our partners at the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) to test out our newest traveling trunk focused on Climate Change and Atmospheric Chemistry. Together we educated over 150 students at Mission Bay High School on aerosol impacts to our climate and public health through hands-on science activities, art, and storytelling.

Earlier this year, the Climate Science Alliance was excited to join forces with the interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) - a National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Chemical Innovation - to create materials to support community outreach on aerosols and climate change. The Climate Science Alliance worked alongside CAICE researchers to bring CAICE science to the Climate Kids program by developing a traveling trunk focused on Climate Change and Atmospheric Chemistry.

Last month, the Climate Science Alliance collaborated with CAICE to test out the new trunk for the first time with over 150 students from Mission Bay High School. With hands on activities such as “cloud in a bottle” and creating particle collectors, students were immersed in learning about sources and impacts of aerosols, how they interact with climate, and the role they play in affecting our health. Following this classroom presentation, students will be given the opportunity to work with CAICE graduate students and devise their own aerosol experiments utilizing the Clear CAICE program.

The Climate Science Alliance is excited to continue to build our strong partnership with CAICE to support their education and outreach efforts and unite Climate Kids programming with the topic of Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols. The New Climate Change and Atmospheric Chemistry Trunk will be available to educators in Spring of 2020.

To learn more about the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE), please visit: https://caice.ucsd.edu

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