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Activity 8 (Elaborate): Smog City: How Weather Affects Air Quality
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This activity is based on the EPA’s air quality and weather simulation “Smog City 2”. After a brief introduction to the simulation, students explore how different variables centered around emissions, weather, and population affect air quality. This if followed by a discussion to summarize what they learned from the simulation.
Activity Objectives & Materials
Approximate Time: 45 minutes
Students will understand how different weather conditions affect AQI
Students will understand how emissions from various sources and population affect AQI
Computer & projector
Student computers (highly recommended)
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Important Technology Note About This Activity: Smog City 2 uses Flash, which is not supported in newer browsers. You will need to click the option to allow Flash to run in your browser in order to launch Smog City. If this does not work, you may need to use a downloaded copy, so be sure to try the simulation out on student computers before using it with a class. You can download a copy of Smog City 2 by signing up here: http://www.smogcity2.org/download.cfm
1. Frame the Activity
2. Smog City 2
3. Smog City Summary Discussion
4. Additional Weather Factors
5. Return to Investigation Tracker
6. Formative Assessment