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O²4u Expands Curriculum
New Programs Help Environmental Education
O²4u, BREATHE LA’s environmental education program, was hard at work this summer expanding the curriculum to more than 50 activities, including several water conservation activities, reducing carbon footprints, and more enriched health impact elements including a comprehensive asthma education module.
Through the new lessons, participants can learn to understand their own carbon footprints through the Calculate My Footprint activity and learn ways to reduce their foot print through activities such as Growing Organic Food. The new curriculum also demonstrates the scarcity of usable water through actives such as Make a Rain Gauge as well as Create a Mini-Water Cycle. It also reinforces the importance of water conservation by delivering several water saving tips and enabling students to demonstrate their water usage story with a Water Collage activity. The enhanced curriculum also offers demonstrations for alternative and renewable fuels through activities such as Creating Solar Power (using a pizza box) and Making a Mini-Windmill (from a milk-carton).
The newly added asthma module offers general education for this chronic disease that affects as many as 1 in 6 children in many areas throughout Los Angeles County. This module serves to raise awareness and promote behavior changes for those directly and indirectly affected by asthma.