Air Quality Lesson 5 (view)

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Lesson Overview
Learning goals:
Students answer two essential questions: What can the Air Quality Index (AQI) and the UV index tell us about conditions outdoors? Why are they important to your health?
MEECS, Environment, Environmental
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In this lesson, the Internet is used as a resource for students to access daily (and hourly) information about air quality. The National Air Quality Index provides color-coded information about levels of air pollution and health effects. The color codes of the AQI, posted daily, can be found on the Internet and in some newspapers. The UV index alerts people to levels of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Students use the Internet to find out about the UV index in Michigan and around the country.