Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

NIEHS K-12 Program

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

NIEHS K-12 Program

Article excerpt

Because of the public's desire to understand the effects of and risks to human health from exposure to physical and chemical agents, there is a critical need to develop a mechanism for educating people about environmental health science issues. To address this need, the NIEHS initiated an education program for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) that will enhance the dissemination, utilization, and effective implementation of materials and curricula pertaining to the environmental health sciences. The NIEHS program has become the leading K-12 program among NIH institutes in terms of productivity, creativity, dissemination, and diversity.

A necessary step in achieving the objectives of the K-12 program is the provision of teachers with the requisite disciplinary and pedagogical skills. Through NIEHS-supported programs, educational materials addressing multiple environmental health science issues have been generated that are grade-level-appropriate for K-12 students. Moreover, teacher training has been conducted at sites around the nation, from New Jersey to Alaska.

The first phase of the extramurally funded K-12 program began with a request for applications (RFA) announcement in 1993, "Environmental Health Sciences Education: Instructional Material Development (IMD). …

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