2019 CELF Citizen Science Program

CELF's Citizen Science '19 spring semester program is in progress! 

We are working with eight New York City schools this semester.  

Students are busy testing the air quality in their respective neighborhoods and gathering their data. They will then learn to analyze, visualize, and share what they find. Finally, students will develop a pollution prevention plan in light of their analysis. Some classes will go one step further and turn their plans into real-world action.  We are so excited to see what emerges from their hard work!

We will be celebrating our citizen scientists and their educators at a Student Symposium we are hosting at CUNY School of Law on June 8, 2019.  If you are interested in attending or want to learn more about the program, please get in touch: [email protected]

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
  • NY Hall of Science
  • NYC Department of Health

Click here for course outline and to learn how your school can participate next semester. Click here to review the Citizen Science School Agreement form. 

Click through this slide show to learn more about how the CELF citizen science program helps connect New York city classrooms to their communities while building the skills necessary to make change happen: 

Engage Students in Project- and Place-Based Learning 

  • A Professional Learning Program that develops an understanding of Project-Based and Place-Based learning within the context of the school community.
  • Program includes AirBeam air quality monitoring technology and apps to acquire an in-depth knowledge of air pollution on health.
  • Next Gen Science Standards are addressed while students identify causes and solutions to different types of pollution.
  • Students learn science and policy related to air quality, learning about legislative processes while developing action plans to share with community leaders.


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.