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Air Awareness

  • The Air Awareness Program is a public outreach and education program of the Division of Air Quality with local air quality programs across the state.

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What's the Problem?

  • Why should you care about air pollution? Air pollution can harm everyone's health and damage the environment. Air pollution can lead to breathing problems such as asthma and emphysema.
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Air Quality Forecast

  • See the future. Know the air pollution levels the day before they happen. Click below to go to our Air Quality Forecast Center.
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  • Ozone and particle pollution, the two biggest air quality concerns in North Carolina, come from many of the same sources, primarily motor vehicles and industry.
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K-12 Air Quality Education

NC Air Awareness is the public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The program helps individuals and organizations understand how voluntary actions can reduce air pollution improve your health. The program provides a variety of K-12 lessons and resources for teachers. All classroom lessons are aligned with the NC Essential Standards to help students reach established academic goals. In many areas, our staff can come to your classroom to share air quality activities with your students. Please provide your students the opportunity to learn more about North Carolina air quality and what they can do to help keep our air clean!
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If you would like to schedule an air quality activity or lesson in your school, please contact:

Elementary School (Grades K-5)

The Adventures of Clair and CAM
How clean is our air? It’s important to know because children are more sensitive to air pollution because their bodies are still growing. We need your help to keep our air clean and healthy for everyone in the community. An important step in reducing air pollution is to educate students to a level of understanding that motivates and empowers them to act. Have your students join Clair, the clean air explorer, and CAM, the Clean Air Maniac on an adventure to learn what kids can do to help keep the air clean!!

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The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up! (Coming soon)

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Breathe, Don't Burn!
The NC Division of Air Quality, in coordination with fire departments and local community groups, has designed a set of lesson plans to educate the public about the health effects of open burning (burning trash). Teachers and students can learn about the health and environmental dangers of open burning. These classroom activities are a fun way to bring new and exciting projects into the classroom while finding solutions to air pollution from open burning.

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High School (Grades 9-12)

It's Our Air
Bring the science of air pollution to life in your North Carolina high school classroom! It's Our Air is a free, North Carolina specific curriculum that includes a series of activities and videos focused on air quality for the state's high school level Earth and Environmental Science teachers and educators to use with their students. It's Our Air engages students in learning the science of air quality using a variety of hands-on activities and dynamic video segments. All activities are aligned with the N.C. Essential Standards for high school Earth and Environmental Science.

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AQ-IQ Contest

Every year, the NC Division of Air Quality invites seventh grade students to participate in the AQ-IQ Contest. The AQ-IQ Contest gives students a chance to create a project that highlights an air quality issue and provides a solution to that issue. The AQ-IQ Contest links closely with the NC Essential Standards, and puts the student in the role of presenting the information, which is one of the most effective ways to learn. For more details about the contest, how to participate and project closing date visit:

Teacher Workshops

Periodically during the year NC Air Awareness offers teacher workshops. The goal of these free workshops is to make teachers familiar with the properties of air, what air pollution is, how each of us contributes to air pollution, and K-12 air quality education activities currently available. We try to reach this goal through a combination of hands-on activities, presentation materials, videos and games. Workshops may have the opportunity for Continuing Education Unit (C.E.U.) credit and Criteria I Credit for the North Carolina Environmental Education Certificate.

  • September 25th, 10:00am @ the EENC CONFERENCE (
    It's Our Air High school Air Quality Education Workshop (5 hours)
    Cost: $20 Includes materials, lunch Max 24 People, Min 8 Bring the science of air pollution to life in your North Carolina high school classroom! Register (you may register for the teacher workshop only or for entire conference) at