Partnering with GASP
Interested in bringing air quality education to your school, organization, or event? We work with people of all ages to bring air quality ed to both formal and informal settings. Check out some of our offerings below.
These programs are more suitable for school and after school programs, camps, and scout groups.
Air Quality Kits
Our three unique kits are self-contained boxes with directions and supplies for air quality games, projects and crafts, and lessons. Geared towards middle school aged children, the kits focus on how air quality relates to citizen science, health, or energy and technology. The kits are free to borrow and are designed for educators to have the freedom to pick and choose which activities they want to use.
School Flag Program
We help to coordinate the EPA School Flag Program in our region. This program encourages students to check the air quality each day and raise the corresponding colored flag to alert the school of the day’s air quality and associated health implications. Along with the flags, schools participating will receive a binder of information and lessons, as well as an air quality presentation from GASP staff.
Girl Scouts- We work with Girl Scout Cadettes focused on earning their Breathe Journey Award. We can help with several stages of the process, so reach out to see how we can help with your troop.
Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts) – We work with Scouts focused on earning their Environmental Science Merit Badge, and can get in depth with the areas related to air pollution.
We offer air quality bio-indicator walks in parks, at schools, or around your neighborhood as part of our Athletes United initiative. During the walks we talk about natural indicators of air quality as we try to find some nearby examples. We also use air quality monitors to see if the data we collect aligns with our assumptions.
We have a variety of additional programs that can be modified to fit your needs. Some past activities include making glittery slime to simulate particle filled boogers, using monitors to check for pollutants, and touching inflatable pig lungs to learn how our bodies use the air we breathe.
We do adult programs in both formal and informal settings.
Hikes and Bikes
As part of our AU initiative, we offer a variety of hikes and bike rides to teach about the unique relationship between athletes and air pollution. These events focus on citizen science, air monitoring, and bio-indicators.
Occasionally we do place based history hikes in cooperation with other groups like Rivers of Steel, the Donora Historical Society, or the Rachel Carson Homestead Association. These hikes bring attention to how far our air quality has come over time as well as how far we still have to go. Check our events page for upcoming hikes or rides, or contact us if you have ideas for a new event.
Air Quality Classes
If your social club or neighborhood group is interested in learning more about the region’s air quality, then we have the class for you. Depending on the group, we can do a basic AQ 101 or get into the details of the air quality sources, symptoms, or solutions that interest your specific group.