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Pollution Patrol

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Lesson Focus 
This lesson focuses on devices that are used to detect air pollution. Teams of students construct outdoor air pollution detectors from everyday materials. They then test their devices to see how much particulate pollutants they can capture.
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Full Lesson Plan Aligned to the Australian National Curriculum
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Lesson Synopsis 
The "Pollution Patrol" lesson explores how engineers design devices that can detect the presence of pollutants in the air. Students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own outdoor air pollution detectors out of everyday items. They then test their air pollution detectors, evaluate their results, and present to the class.

Age Levels:

8
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18
Objectives 

Students will:

  • Design and build an outdoor air pollution detector
  • Test and refine their designs
  • Communicate their design process and results
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this lesson students will have:

  • Designed and built an outdoor air pollution detector
  • Tested and refined their designs
  • Communicated their design process and results

Lesson Activities

In this lesson, students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own outdoor air pollution detectors out of everyday items. They then test their devices, evaluate their results, and present to the class.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

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