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Science Take-Out Kits for Environmental Health Education

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41ES023706-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41ES023706
Amount: $181,077.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIEHS
Solicitation Number: PA13-089
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-08-31
Small Business Information
18 HIRAM WAY
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472-9235
United States
DUNS: 826187473
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 DINA MARKOWITZ
 (585) 275-3171
 dina_markowitz@urmc.rochester.edu
Business Contact
 DINA MARKOWITZ
Phone: (585) 764-5400
Email: dina_markowitz@sciencetakeout.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
 
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER 518 Hylan Bldg., Box 270140 Office of Research AND Project Administration
ROCHESTER, NY 14627-
United States

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 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Nearly percent of death and disease worldwide is linked to environmental factors WHO therefore it is critical that the general public has basic understanding of how the environment affects their health and how they might protect themselves against environmental exposures Unfortunately environmental health content is typically covered on a very limited basis if at all in secondary school classrooms Martina The purpose of this project is to develop pilot test and evaluate the use of Science Take Out kits that focus on topics in environmental health science EHS The kits will be designed to enable secondary school biology teachers to easily integrate EHS activities into their existing curricula This project is a partnership between andquot Science Take Out a small business that manufactures preassembled andquot lab in a bagandquot science kits containing all materials needed for students to engage in hands on science activities andquot The Community Outreach and Engagement Core of the University of Rochesterandapos s Environmental Health Sciences Center which has created numerous education and outreach initiatives for students teachers and the general public During this Phase I STTR project we will Develop different Science Take Out kits including kit activities materials and teacher guides on various topics in environmental health science for use with secondary school biology students Conduct focus groups for science teachers to evaluate prototypes of the Science Take Out kits Pilot tests the Science Take Out kits in secondary school biology classrooms This proposed project is significant because it will build the capacity of secondary school educators to use hands on science activities to bring EHS messages into their classroom curricula These new kits will combine the andquot lab in a bagandquot ease of use features common to all Science Take Out kits with activities that engage students in learning important concepts of EHS such as dose response relationships effects of environmental agents on body systems and biological processes changes in susceptibility to environmental agents at different life stages and prevention of environmental exposures This proposed project is innovative because the Science Take Out EHS kits will employ a unique combination of characteristics that increase the likelihood of their adoption by teachers The kit activities will use science process skills to
increase studentsandapos understanding of EHS concepts The fully assembled kits will make the hand on EHS activities easy economical and convenient for teachers to implement and The clear and concise teachersandapos guides will be appropriate for teachers who may not have a background in EHS PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE The relevance of this project to public health is that the Science Take Out kits to be developed will provide teachers with access to hands on science activities which will help their studentsandapos understand important concepts in environmental health science The Science Take Out kits will also help studentsandapos master scientific subject matter and develop their scientific reasoning skills by applying scientific practices to solve real world challenges Teachers and their students who use these educational materials will become better informed on decisions involving their health

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