2019 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 existing 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.


Program Fees:

Citizen Science Program School Participation (up to 3 teachers): $1,000.00

Citizen Science ASPDP Program Participant: $1,090.00 (For NYC DOE teachers only. P-credit through ASPDP.)

Program fees include:

  • Citizen Science Toolkit (curriculum, technology, content resources)

  • Two (2) full days of professional development with CELF and program partners

  • Optional: ASPDP credits (additional fee per above)

  • Opportunity for participation in Student Symposium

  • Ongoing monthly support from CELF educators

Program Duration: January 25, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Project Timeline

(Winter/Spring 2019)

Project Components

Dates 2019

Project Starts

Jan 25

ASPDP Course Begins

Feb 4

Full Day Professional Development Workshop #1 

Sat Feb 9

Full Day Professional Development Workshop #2  

Sat March 2

Data Collection with Students

  • Air quality analysis using AirBeam monitor and “AirCasting” online platform

  • MyNYCAir survey tool 

March- May

Site visits with CELF Educators & Partners


ASPDP Course Ends

May 24 (no credit given after this date)

Student Symposium Data Share

June 8 (Location TBD)

*Items highlighted in Blue are for ASPDP Participants only. 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.


Workshop Locations:

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