NYC Teachers: Become an Environmental Health Researcher!

  • Develop an understanding of Project Based learning within the context of your school neighborhood.
  • Use AirBeam air quality monitoring devices and apps to acquire an in-depth knowledge of air pollution on children's health.
  • Involve your students in identifying pollution hot spots.
  • Engage students as community activists as they propose solutions to air pollution with community leaders.

Eligibility and Participation

  • Open to all NYC DOE Middle School Teachers.
  • 10 Schools, 2 from each borough, will be selected for participation.
  • Each School must participate with at least one teacher, but we strongly encourage teams of 2-3 teachers apply.
  • Participating schools are eligible for $250 award for project implementation, e.g., technology, student green team activities, field experiences, project work
  • Participation eligible for P-credits. Register through ASPDP today! Course #: P167-0052.1F17

Participant Profile: this program is ideal for...

  • Teachers who are: 
    • Familiar with the neighborhood/Comfortable taking students into the field.
    • Comfortable with data gathering and technology.
    • Able to work collaboratively with or teachers and other schools.


  • 2-Hour online pre-course: to be completed before October 14th
  • First workshop: Saturday, October 14, 9am-4pm @ Mount Sinai, 1184 5th Ave, 8th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10029
  • Citizen Science in NYC School Communities Symposium: April 28, 2018
  • Project Ends: June 2018


This project is co-designed by the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation, Mt Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center and the CUNY School of Law. 


Funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

This program is closed. Check back for future Citizen Science

project opportunities for the 2018 - 2019 school year.