What is CELF Citizen Science: Inquiry to Action?  

CELF Citizen 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 neighborhoods. The program combines the development of 21st century skills with the motivation and creativity generated by solving a problem in one's own community. 

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 is rooted in National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry model: Ask, Collect, Visualize, Create, Act. 

Program Highlights:


Enhance understanding of project-based learning and place-based education pedagogical principles and practices within the context of the school community.


Program participation includes technology and training on apps to support an in-depth exploration of the impact of pollution on health.


Seamless connection to Next Gen Science Standards while students identify causes and solutions for different types of pollution. Opportunities for interdisciplinary crossover with Language and Literature, Social Studies, Math, and even Art! 


Science and policy intersect as students learn about modes of change and legislative processes while developing action plans to share with community leaders.


For the professional learning workshops, we partner with field experts to enhance content knowledge. Community partners also attend the culminating symposium offering students the opportunity to engage directly with policy makers. 

This "Team Science" program provides a unique opportunity for middle school teachers and students to work with field expert partners from:

Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

CUNY School of Law Center for Urban Environmental Reform

NYC Department of Health



We have designed CELF Citizen Science: Inquiry to Action as a blended-learning program with both in-person and online components. We can customize the program to your school’s needs and scheduling requirements.


This is a fee-for-service program. Is financing an issue? Get in touch.

For school districts in the Houston-area, this is a grant-funded program. Please contact Lisa Gianukos in our Houston office to learn more: [email protected]

Get in touch!

For questions and information about the program in general, please contact Vicky Garufi, Director of Education: [email protected]