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IDEM offers free virtual interactive classroom presentations to Indiana schools year-round. Our goal is to present fun, engaging, and informative presentations that provide students with examples of environmental careers while teaching them about our environment. If you are interested in requesting a presentation, please contact the Environmental Education coordinator.

Presentation Descriptions

Air Quality

Indiana’s Environment and You Puzzle

Summary: Students will learn that air is an invisible but tangible substance that enters their bodies every day and that wind carries air pollution around the world.

Objectives: Students will

  1. Learn to recognize air as an actual substance rather than “blank space” by using their sense of smell.
  2. Realize how invisible substances are part of their world.
  3. Learn how wind moves air pollution around the world.

Land Quality

How Long Does Your Trash Last?

Summary: Students will learn that commonplace items that are ‘throw away’ do not go away. The most prevalent disposal method is landfilling. Students will discuss the effects of landfill design on how long trash lasts.

Objectives: Students will

  1. Learn about landfills and how they are constructed.
  2. Discover how long different items take to degrade.
  3. Discuss simple things they do to help divert the amount of trash sent to landfills.
Where Trash Goes

Summary: Students will learn about municipal solid waste landfills, which is where household, schools and businesses trash is taken for final disposal.

Objectives: Students will

  1. Learn trash is commonly referred to as solid waste.
  2. Learn the difference between a landfill and a recycling facility.
  3. Explore ways to create less trash.

Recycling

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Your Trash

Summary: Students will look at how they can reduce the amount of trash thrown away by reusing, recycling, or composting items they would otherwise throw away.

Objectives: Students will

  1. Sort trash into categories.
  2. Recognize that everyone contributes to and is responsible for the amount of trash created each day.
  3. Discuss simple ways they can divert the amount of trash sent to landfills.

Water Quality

Water Cycle

Summary: Students will learn how water moves within the movement of water within the water cycle.

Objectives: Students will

  1. Describe the movement of water within the water cycle.
  2. Identify the states of water as it moves through the water cycle.
  3. Identify the processes (i.e. evaporation, condensation, precipitation) at work that move water through the water cycle.
  4. Discuss the importance of water protection and conservation.
Sum of the Parts
3rd - 12th Grades (Can Be Done with Younger Students)

Summary: Students will learn about watersheds, how water pollution moves through a watershed, and work being done to protect hellbenders, an endangered salamander.

Objectives: Students will

  1. Distinguish between point and non-point source pollution (NPS).
  2. Recognize that everyone contributes to and is responsible for a river’s water quality.
  3. Explore hellbender habitat and the work being done around the state to protect the species.

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