NLM Launches Environmental Health Student Portal
The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division announces the launch of the Environmental Health Student Portal (http://www.kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov). This web site introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards. This newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students is a free web site that contains links to government and other reviewed and selected sites and provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:
• water pollution
• climate change
• air pollution (coming soon)
Middle school teachers from school systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia participated in focus groups to determine the need for an environmental health site, the content, including topics and sub-topics covered, and ways in which they can incorporate the use of the web site into their classrooms. Topics and subtopics highlighted on the web site come directly from the data collected during this research. The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos. Teachers can use the site to locate links to relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.