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Engaging Diverse Youth in Learning About Extreme Heat

Educators from the UNC Institute for the Environment, in partnership with teachers from Durham Public Schools, and the Museum of Life and Science will create, pilot, and disseminate an interdisciplinary instructional module to engage high school students in a place-based exploration of extreme heat. This solutions-focused, hands-on STEM module will prompt students to identify and evaluate strategies communities can implement to adapt to extreme heat.

Extreme Heat and Air Quality

We educate public health professionals and communities on actions they can take to protect their health during poor air quality events, which can be exacerbated by extreme heat. CPES created a module to inform public health professionals about how extreme heat can exacerbate air pollution. In light of projections for more extreme heat days in response to a changing climate, air pollution will continue to be a relevant environmental health issue in the future.


Youth Engaging in the Science of Resilience in Urban and Rural NC (YES-Resilience) is a year-long science enrichment program for high school students conducted in partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Youth will learn about climate change, investigate strategies to address local climate impacts, and contribute to authentic action projects to strengthen their community’s resilience to extreme weather and other climate-related events.