ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Sunscreen and UV Radiation

Submitted by lhayward on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 17:58

Curriculum. This hands-on lesson asks students to test the effect of ultraviolet (UV) light on UV-sensitive beads using plain lotion and sunscreens with varying SPF levels. Students will gain a better understanding of Exposure, an Environmental Health Core Concept. Students evaluate what they observe and consider how to apply this exercise to their personal choices about UV exposure and sunscreen use. Includes lesson plan, factsheet, student worksheet, and supply list. This lesson aligns with Washington State EALRs. 55-minute class period. Intended for grades 9-12.

ATHENA Environmental Health Resource: 7 Core Concepts of Environmental Health posters

Submitted by lhayward on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 14:19

Classroom resource: This slideset includes a slide for each of the 7 Core Concepts of Environmental Health: Toxicity, Exposure, Dose/Response, Individual Susceptibility, Risks and Benefits, Environmental Justice, and Community Resources and Action. Slides can be printed (8x11"), laminated, and posted in the classroom for a visual of the over-arching concepts of the environmental health lessons. Intended for grades 9-12.

2020 ATHENA teacher training workshop focuses on vaping

The science on the health impacts of vaping is evolving quickly. At the same time, the number of teens and pre-teens who vape is increasing dramatically. Teachers want the latest information to help educate their students about the risks of vaping. This is where EDGE plays a role by connecting high school teachers and scientists through its long-running Academy for Teaching About Health and Environmental Interactions (ATHENA).

Sharing the science on vaping

Scientists and health professionals are rushing to assess the health effects of vaping amid a multistate outbreak of lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes.

Teachers could play a critical role in helping youth understand the health risks, yet little formal guidance or training for educators currently exists.

The Health & Environment Activities Research Tool (HEART)

Submitted by vbrace on Thu, 09/26/2019 - 14:57

A collection of worksheets and resources that helps teachers engage their students in locally relevant environmental health research projects. These inquiry-based materials provide the scaffolding necessary for students to successfully identify and investigate how things in their environment impact their health. Portions of the curriculum are also available in Spanish, 40 pages