By: Cynthia | July 28 2010 | Category: NIH Resources, Science News
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) K-12 educational resources|
Turn on the television these days, and you’ll hear news about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the ongoing cleanup efforts. You'll hear about the toll on wildlife and ecosystems, and about the health concerns for emergency responders involved in the cleanup. Such disasters, though devastating, can provide an impetus for us to learn more about the web of life on Earth. Sharing these lessons with the nation’s youth may help to safeguard our future, and better protect the health of the environment and ourselves.
The NIEHS has a variety of educational resources for K-12 teachers to help students explore the relationship between the environment and human health. Materials include teacher guides, lesson plans by grade level that can be integrated into existing curriculum, fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, and online activities for students. Through the NIH curriculum supplement, Chemicals, the Environment, and You: Explorations in Science and Human Health, middle school students learn the basics of toxicology and explore the relationship between chemicals in the environment and human health.
Visit the NIEHS Gulf Oil Spill Response Efforts Web page for details on how NIEHS scientists are collaborating with others to protect and educate the public and to understand the health effects of exposure to cleanup workers and affected communities.