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Drivers, Start Your Engines!. Making Air Quality Practical , Relevant, and FUN for Youth Roberta Burnes Environmental Education Specialist Kentucky Division for Air Quality. Air quality is abstract. Make it active Make it personal Engage the senses.

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drivers start your engines

Drivers, Start Your Engines!

Making Air Quality Practical,

Relevant, and FUN for Youth

Roberta Burnes

Environmental Education Specialist

Kentucky Division for Air Quality

air quality is abstract
Air quality is abstract
  • Make it active
  • Make it personal
  • Engage the senses
how do consumer decisions impact air quality
How do consumer decisions impact air quality?

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

MPG – City 18/Highway 26

Maximum Seating - 2

2006 Hummer H3 Midsize SUV

MPG – City 16/Highway 20

Maximum Seating - 5

2006 Toyota Prius Compact Hybrid Sedan

MPG – City 60/Highway 51

Maximum Seating - 5

setting the stage
Setting the Stage
  • Students receive car cards with MPG data
  • Each student gets three gas tokens
  • Each gas token is worth one gallon of gas
procedure
Procedure
  • Students line up
  • Choose city or highway
procedure1
Procedure
  • Begin walking, counting steps
  • One step=one mile
procedure2
Procedure
  • Refer to car cards for MPG
  • Drop one gas token for every gallon of gas you use
  • When you run out of gas, stop!
procedure3
Procedure
  • Some cars go farther than others on a gallon of gas! Maybe I should choose another vehicle ….
the carpool advantage
The carpool advantage
  • Students choose who they want to carpool with
  • Students “pool” their gas tokens
  • No one runs out of gas!
extensions hybrid cars
Extensions: Hybrid cars
  • Where’s the exhaust?
extensions ghg emissions
Extensions: GHG emissions
  • Collecting tailpipe exhaust to test for CO2
extensions ghg emissions1
Extensions: GHG emissions
  • Car exhaust is release into solution of bromothymol blue
  • Amount of color change indicates relative concentration of CO2
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Air quality impacts everything – people, plants, environment
  • Look for ways to make it “touchy-feely”
  • Have fun!
contact
Contact

Roberta Burnes

Kentucky Division for Air Quality

800-928-0047

roberta.burnes@ky.gov