Citizen science to analyze the effect of pollution on adolescent cognitive function (ATENC!Ó)

Reference: 2017ACUP 00274
There is a growing body of evidence that pollution can affect our brain (Block et al. 2012). Studies with children have shown that being exposed to traffic pollution for long periods of time affects their cognitive function - attention, memory, perception - (Basagaña et al. 2016 and Sunyer et al., 2017).

But does exposure to these levels of pollution have an immediate effect on teen care?

This project aims precisely to provide evidence in the field and empower citizens (particularly adolescents, teachers, families,…) in awareness of the problem as well as evidence-based decision making, the design of prevention strategies , etc.

The objectives of the project are:

To study if the air pollution in the vicinity of the institutes of Barcelona and its metropolitan area can affect the processes of attention of the adolescents from the active participation of 2,500 students of 3rd of ESO
Analyze the evolution of students' mastery in: scientific practices, the vision of science and ideas about the subject model in the context of pollution throughout a teaching sequence
The project will have 5 phases:

Teacher training
Educational intervention: Learning about pollution. A project will be carried out that aims to help 3rd year ESO students to build key curricular ideas on the subject model in the context of air pollution and its effects on people, while getting involved in scientific practices. such as asking questions, measuring pollution using sensors, and communicating with your immediate community.
 Didactic Research. How do we learn about pollution? Students will participate in a didactic research that analyzes the evolution of the mastery of the subject model of students in scientific practices, the vision of science and ideas about the subject model in the context of pollution involving CRECIM scientists by get data.
Scientific research. How does pollution affect us? Students will participate in scientific research on the effect of pollution on student care involving ISGlobal scientists and instruments to obtain data
 Communication and action. What can we do? Students will present in a scientific conference format the possible solutions to the current traffic pollution problem with the rest of the students participating in the study.

Economic endowment: 85.732,88€ (23.479,05€ UAB)

Duration: 30/04/2018- 30/04/2020

Other participating entities:
  • ISGlobal (Institut de Salut Global)

Members of CRECIM participants: Digna Couso (IP), Anna Garrido Espeja, Maria Isabel Hernández, Èlia Tena Gallego, Carme Grimalt, Caterina Solé.

Funding Entity:
RecerCaixa, ACUP, Obra Social La Caixa


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