At Home Science Activities with South Sound GREEN: Air Quality Antics – ThurstonTalk

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Submitted by South Sound GREEN
In the face of COVID-19 and recent stay at home order, parents and guardians may find themselves looking for activities that not only keep students engaged, but also provide information about local environmental science and concerns. In our South Sound GREEN Home Based Science Project series, we will introduce and demonstrate various hands-on and at-home activities for children of all ages to do either indoors or outside!
This time, we’re learning about wildfires, smoke, and air quality!
Air Quality Antics
Grade Level: 3rd-5th
Materials

Clear jar
Rubber or plastic toy (like a rubber ducky!)
Tape
Hot water

Background
You may have noticed a lot of smoke in the air recently. This smoke is coming from wildfires throughout our state, but sometimes smoke can originate from other states or Canada and still reach South Sound. But how do these fires start, and how does smoke affect air quality?
An example of poor air quality in Seattle. Picture credit: KOMO News
Before we get into air quality, it’s important to note that fire is a natural and important environmental process. Long before humans ever arrived in what we now refer to as Washington state, …

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