9-12 Education Module (the entire module as a zipped archive - 3.7 MB)
9-12 Education Module
In this module, high school students investigate a continuum of common beliefs about the seriousness of airborne toxics. Students analyze and research viewpoints held by those who believe airborne toxics problems are greatly overstated to those who believe the issues are so critical that they are afraid. Though basic scientific information about airborne toxics is included in the module, strong emphasis is placed on social themes such as personal responsibility, corporate integrity, and science ethics. The module utilizes a creative arts project as a preliminary/post assessment of students’ awareness of the subject. These aspects of the module make it applicable to creative arts and social science classes as well as physical science classes. All lessons and activities are linked to national and Missouri education.
One common thread running throughout this module is the importance of critical thinking about issues that threaten human health, safety, and environmental integrity. Students are encouraged to make up their own minds about issues, based on observation and research, not on hearsay. Another recurring module theme is that individual choices, actions, and behaviors do matter.
At the completion of this module, students will be able to do the following: