Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Clearing the Air with School Resource

Clearing the Air with School Resource


A new school resource will help school students learn more about air quality and the hazards of pollution in Hawke’s Bay.

The “Clearing the Air” education resource was launched yesterday at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. http://www.hbrc.govt.nz/Services/Education/Education/Pages/Resource-Kits-for-Schools.aspx

HBRC has developed the resource to support the HeatSmart programme which aims to reduce smoke pollution in the region. The resource has had the input of teachers, scientists, HBRC staff and Māori advisor Brian Morris.

“The resource taps into the science curriculum, is easy to use and will give teachers a good foundation for educating children about the importance of clean air for clean lungs and good health,” says Sally Chandler, HBRC’s Community engagement coordinator.

The “Clearing the Air” resource helps children to understand climate and atmospheric science, human health and factors in good air quality. Chapters cover states of matter, atmospheric layers, the inversion layer and photosynthesis.

“We inhale about 10 litres of air a minute, compared with the two litres of water a day we need to drink, so we should pay as much attention to air quality, if not more, as we do to water quality,” says HBRC air quality scientist Dr Kathleen Kozyniak.

Each chapter starts with a poster which can be used for discussion prompts, and includes teacher notes and student activities. The resource is Hawke’s Bay focussed, and will help children learn about the inversion layer that forms in winter over areas of the region. Traditional Māori stories and legends are also incorporated. The resource is linked to the National Curriculum for students in Years 4 – 8.

“Clearing the Air” is available online from www.hbrc.govt.nz (search on Clearing the Air) so that teachers can download the activities they want to use for their classes. The user guide is also available in print format on request from Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Community Engagement Coordinator.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza?

As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even though he happens to be the main beneficiary of the Remuneration Authority’s generosity. Finance Minister Bill English says with a straight face that it would actually be very hard to give the money back...

Even if it were true, it would actually be very easy for English and any other guilty colleagues, to give the extra money away. There are any number of food banks or homeless shelters who would be able to put the money to good use. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

143 Troops, Possible SAS Deployment, Legalities Unsorted: PM’s Statement On ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL... More>>

ALSO:

Liu Saga: PM's Dinner With Controversial Donor

John Key must front up to New Zealand and say what he discussed with Donghua Liu when the disgraced businessman paid $25,000 for the Prime Minister to come to dinner at his Remuera home, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Roads: National MP 'Concerned' At Overseas Driver Crashes

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said she was concerned at the number of fatal crashes involving overseas licence holders and she really felt that the time had come for more to be done. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parole Bill Passes

A bill reducing parole hearings deemed to be unnecessary has passed. The third reading of the Parole Amendment Bill was completed by 104 to 16 with the Greens and Maori Party opposed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news