AQIQ: Air Quality Inquiry Projects in Rural Schools
Air Quality Inquiry (AQIQ) program fills the need for ongoing CU engineering outreach in the area of air quality and environmental engineering in underserved rural K-12 schools in Colorado. The need for this support is reflected in teacher and superintendent assessments from partner school districts who expressed the need for additional CU air quality support in their districts and the further development of an academic pathway from their school districts to CU. External partners are the Delta County School District including Hotchkiss, Paonia, and Delta high schools as well as Weld County School District 6 including Greeley Central, Greeley West and Union Colony Preparatory high schools. The AQIQ program is currently in its third year of integration into environmental science courses at five of the schools with Greeley West added for the current school year. Previous assessment results indicate a population underserved in engineering with 61% of participants who are female, 33% who are Hispanic, and 46% who are the first generation in their families to attend college. The vision for this project is to integrate CU faculty and students with rural high schools to develop educationally impactful student driven air quality research projects. The project has three goals (1) Prepare air quality monitoring tools for distribution to K-12 classrooms, (2) Prepare CU student mentors to support high school teachers and students in implementing project-based learning air quality curriculum, (3) Foster a collaboration between CU’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and School of Education to research the learning experiences of participants and provide program evaluation.
This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.
For more information, please visit the program website.