Toxic Traffic: Community Research and Discussions Museum of Science, Boston
Program began with public forums developed in collaboration with the Cambridge Public Health Department in 2009 and 2010, considering a number of policy-based questions and case studies.
Citizen Science activities an outgrowth of discussions
Formal partnership emerged between CPHD, MOS, Harvard SEAS, Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership and MIT Senseable City Lab for CBPR
Sustainable Community Exposure Network via Telemetry
Combine societal discussions with elements of community based participatory research.
Connect policymakers and stakeholders with members of the public.
Engage participants in aspects of community and stakeholder assessment strategies with consideration of the social and ethical dimensions of air pollution strategies.
Reach new and more diverse audiences than have been engaged by previous forum programs.
Make connections to community and stakeholder groups who are already engaged around a significant public health issue.
5 Different Models: Working with Youth Fenway School Partnership BDEA School Partnership CCSC School Partnership HSSS w/ East Boston High SciCORE Workshop Total Time Spent on Project ~12 hours 8 hrs at MoS 25 hrs at School ~10 hours 2 Hours 21 Hours Where? MoS MoS and BDEA CCSC MoS MoS When? Sporadic Daily Weekly Once Weekly Number of Students Involved 24 6 ~50 for Introductory Lessons ~8 for Data Collection ~60 9 Integration with Curriculum Separate from school curriculum Project for Advanced Bio Class Introductory lessons were part of curriculum Connected to Curriculum N/A Measurables End of Year Debrief Lab Report and School Presentation None for MoS Poster Session Showcase in Well for Visitors
Project Phases: ( Discussion occurred throughout project) Introductory Lessons
Instrumentation & experimental design/protocols
Data Analysis (What ’s wrong with this picture?)
COx Noise NOx
Impact on Teens
"By doing this project we can make a change in how our community uses energy to prevent asthma and other heart related diseases." Ezra from BDEA
"This project opened my eyes to the environment and how I can have an impact on it." Leah a SciCORE Intern
Reflections on project
Weather/season was a challenge
Growing pains with regard to the process of turning data into something that can be presented to and understood by the students/instrumentation issues
Rewarding to be able to show the students data/maps in near-time
Empowerment approach worked well around these ecological subjects
Focusing on areas where people can do something to address the issue
Presenting process and results in the voice of the students effective
Class size can be very important
What is the motivation for these students - job vs. classroom mentality
Small Group Discussions
15 minutes for discussion
We ’ll give you a project to consider
What topics/questions might you consider for including dialogue?
Who would you include in the conversations?
How might you integrate scientists into these discussions?