• Protect Air - Flag Monitoring


    Background

    Students will observe levels of ozone in the area they live through DHEC’s monitoring program. They will report these levels through a flag system. Different levels of ozone are represented by a particular color. Each day a flag corresponding with that day’s ozone level is displayed on the flagpole in front of the school. Involved students also educate others about ozone levels through the school newsletter.

    Timeline

    August –Meet with Science club and discussed the project and the connection between B2 and ozone monitoring. Students will need to use DHEC’s site for accurate data. http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/Ozone/ForecastingandMonitoring/forecasting.asp

    October – Students submitted article in school newsletter explaining the project and what level of ground-level ozone each flag color represents

    November- Ongoing monitoring of ground-level ozone and display of flags. Students need to use Website http://www.airnow.gov/ for winter months because SCDHEC stops wintermonitoring of ground ozone.

    December- Ongoing monitoring of ground-level ozone and display of flags. Students submitted article in school newsletter explaining the project and what level of ground-level ozone each flag color represents

    January - Ongoing monitoring of ground-level ozone and display of flags.

    February Ongoing monitoring of ground-level ozone and display of flags.

    March Students submitted article in school newsletter explaining the project and what level of ground-level ozone each flag color represents

    April- Ongoing monitoring of ground-level ozone and display of flags.

    May- Ongoing monitoring of ground-level ozone and display of flags.

    June- Ongoing monitoring of ground-level ozone and display of flags. Students submitted article in school newsletter explaining the project and what level of ground-level ozone each flag color represents 

    What students will teach others and how

    Involved students teach other students and parents about ground-level ozone and how to determine levels from the color of the flags displayed outside the school. By teaching the public about the hazards of ozone and the current levels they can encourage people to avoid exposure to high levels and reduce emissions. The students will also have a booth set up for Earth Day to share with other students and our community the effects of ground ozone, what certain levels mean to us, and how we can reduce harmful pollutants and thereby reducing our risks.