What is CELF Civic Science: Inquiry to Action?
CELF Civic Science: Inquiry to Action is a semester- or year-long program that engages educators and students in project-based STEAM learning outside of the classroom. Tailored to each school and community location, we offer professional learning workshops for teachers paired with on-site support to implement a project-based learning module that connects students to real-world challenges in their own neighbourhoods. The program combines the development of 21st century skills with the motivation and creativity generated by solving a problem in one's own community.
Participants in the program will:
- Implement a project-based STEAM learning unit.
- Participate in two professional learning workshops paired with on-site educator support.
- Collect data with AirBeam monitoring technology combined with HabitatMap crowd-sourced data sharing platform.
- Focus on air-quality while learning pedagogical principles that apply to a range of civic science learning opportunities.
- Engage with local concerns through student-led inquiry.
The Program: Research, Analysis and Civic Engagement
As environmental health researchers, students (grades 5-12) collect and analyze air quality data in their communities using AirBeam technology. Using this data, students identify sources of air pollution, understand connections to human behaviors, develop prevention and remediation plans for their communities, and share their findings with peers and policy makers.
Our framework engages in 21st century skill-building by leading students through a multi-step process: