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Every Breath You Take: Resources for Respiratory Outreach

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Description Many professors are interested in providing Science Outreach to local K-12 students, but may not have the time or resources available to create an engaging presentation. This resource was designed to allow professors to easily create and implement their own outreach programming through modification of provided materials. It is an innovative module on the Respiratory System in which students: use pre- and post-questions to assess their knowledge, determine their lung capacities using portable dry spirometers, predict the effects of various factors (height, weight, pregnancy, etc.) on vital capacity, examine preserved healthy swine lung and “black lungs” representative of the effects of nicotine, and discuss healthy/unhealthy habits and their effects on the respiratory system.
Type of Resource Digital Presentation (Powerpoint), Graph/Chart, Laboratory or Hands-On Activity, Video
Format Zipped File - ZIP - 7.11 MB
Technical Note Requires Microsoft Word and PowerPoint Programs
Cynthia Metz, University of Louisville
Michael Metz, University of Louisville
Development Date April 3, 2017
Grade/Age Level Middle School (Grades 6-8)
National Science
Educational Standards
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (K-12), Form and function (K-12), Structure and function in living systems (5-8), Understandings about scientific inquiry (K-12)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date February 26, 2018
Funding Source Other , This research was funded in part by a University of Louisville School of Medicine Basic Grant.
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