CELF Citizen Science in New York School Communities

01/25/2019 - 06/08/2019


This professional learning program, Citizen Science in NY School Communities, incorporates NGSS and project-based learning into extisting curriculum for middle school science teachers.  This program engages students (grades 5-8) as environmental health researchers to collect, analyze and compare air quality data. Using this data, students will identify sources of air pollution, connect them to human behavior and develop prevention and remediation plans for their communities.  Registration and Letter of Commitment from School Principal deadline is January 23, 2019. 


Project duration: January 25, 2019 through June 8, 2019.



Deadlines in Blue are for ASPDP Participants only 

Project Timeline

(winter/spring 2019)

Project Components

Dates 2019

Project Starts

Jan 25

ASPDP Course Begins

Feb 4

Workshop #1 at Icahn School of Medicine - Mt. Sinai (In-person)

Sat Feb 9

Workshop #2 at NY Hall of Science (In-Person)

Sat March 2

Pre-Assessment / Ongoing Data Collection with Students

  • AirBeam recording through “AirCasting” online platform

  • MyNYCAir survey tool data collection

March- May

Site visits with CELF Educators & Partners

  • Site visit is requirement for ASPDP credit


ASPDP Course Ends

May 24 (no credit given after this date)

Student Symposium Data Share

June 8 (Location TBD)

*ASPDP= NYC Department of Education After School Professional Development Program (a credit-bearing affiliation with whom CELF partners in order to offer participation for salary advancing credits to NYC DOE teachers.



February 9, 2019: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: 1 Gustave L. Levy Place New York, NY 10029-5674

March 2, 2019: New York Hall of Science: 47-01 111th Street Corona, New York 11368




Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. © 2018 Rochester Institute of Technology. Any opinions, results, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute and do not represent the opinions, interpretation or policy of the State.