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 data. They will then learn to analyze, visualize, and share what they find. Finally, students will develop a pollution prevention plan based on 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.  

What is CELF Citizen Science: Connecting Classroom to Community?  

  • 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.

This professional learning program, CELF Citizen Science: Connecting Classroom to Community, 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.

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

Are you interested in learning how you can implement this program at your school?   

The CELF Citizen Science: Connecting Classroom to Community includes: 

  • 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

Get in touch! Email Victoria Garufi: [email protected]


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.