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Air Quality:
Organize & implement a tobacco & health conference:


Major Projects are a way for students to apply the skills and information they learned from the variety of lessons in a given unit. For the unit on Air Quality students plan a conference about tobacco and health. In this way they share what they learn with fellow students and the public. It will take two to three weeks to implement this project.
  The suggestion for this major project is to plan it during the delivery of the basic background lessons and hold it after the completion of the background lessons. The decision about when to implement the Major Project is left up to the teacher.
  Students organize and host a local or regional conference on teen tobacco use and health. This can be a single day or multiple day event targeting middle and high school level students (or youth of a targeted age group) within a given school district or community. If promoted well enough ahead of time, and partnerships are made with organizations like Tobacco Freeways, other schools will be interested in attending this event. Funding to support the conference can be obtained from partnering organizations like Tobacco Freeways.
  Giving the students an authentic activity, like hosting an environmental health conference, allows the students real life challenges within the classroom structure. Cooperating with others in groups provides opportunities for realizing that working together can accomplish more than one person working alone. The organizational pattern of committees will provide ample tests of group endurance and group functioning with the normal ups and downs. Knowing that this is an actual activity will allow the students to see the immediate benefits from the knowledge and expertise of others and gives buy in, motivation and strong reason to study important environmental health issues. Empowering the students to educate peers allows the students to mature in many aspects of learning.
Variations on the theme:
  This can also be a general air quality conference that addresses both indoor & outdoor air quality issues or a conference to address any other issue of importance to the students.
Possible Partners:
  Partners are important to increase the likelihood for success of an event like this. They can provide funding, guest speakers, printing services, and promotional resources. Partners can include Tobacco Freeways or any other tobacco cessation organization, health agencies, other schools or classes, or University departments in schools of Medicine or Public Health.
  Students will:
· Work cooperatively in committees to host a conference
· Apply their knowledge of how pollutants, including nicotine, affect the quality of life whether through delivery by second hand smoke, chewing or smoking tobacco products.
· Explore career opportunities in the environmental health fields by teaming up with professionals to study, plan, organize, and evaluate a health conference.
Lesson 1: Drafting a Conference Program
  Students will revise the school schedule to mirror a typical conference day. Students will complete a rough draft of a program/brochure that will include an environmental health theme and will list the times, places, events, names of speakers, etc. Committees can be formed around the basics needed to plan a one-day event. Once the group has decided on the committees, each committee will select the lead person. Those lead persons then become the Steering Committee, a chair person is selected to lead the steering committee.
Possible Committees:

Steering Committee
(made up of heads of the other committees)

Publication Committee
Publicity & Public Relation Committee
Finance Committee
Exhibit Committee
Presenters Committee
Local Arrangement Committee
Registration Committee
  Link to Power Point Presentation about planning a conference
Lesson 2: Committee Planning
  Students break into committees and discuss group and individual responsibilities, mapping out objectives, timelines, materials/expenses, and producing a check list. Each group leader will summarize and present the information to the whole group. The students will continue to meet in committees and work cooperatively to finish their responsibilities. Students will also generate an evaluation rubric.
Lesson 3: Dry Run
  The students conduct a dry-run of the conference and practice their presentations with each other. The students will use the evaluation rubric to provide feedback on where they need to improve prior to the event.
Lesson 4: Day Before Checklist
  Students will thoroughly review their check lists and take care of any last-minute items for the conference.
Lesson 5: Evaluation & Reflection
  Students evaluate themselves using the student-generated rubric. Discuss the results of their rubric emphasizing the strengths and weaknesses of the events on the conference day. Have the students reflect on what they would do differently next year. Also, have the students discuss the types of careers related to the conference (e.g. conference organizer, caterer, health specialist, etc.).
  Link to the original Power Point presentation from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. Region 10:

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