In the program’s first trip to Thailand, Kids Making Sense® (KMS) workshops engaged over 60 students.
The students learned about air quality and participated in hands-on lessons to record and understand air pollution in their communities. The workshops were funded by the U.S. EPA Office of International and Tribal Affairs (EPA).
The first workshop was held at the National Science Museum in Bangkok and was attended by representatives from the EPA, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand. The second workshop, held in Chiang Mai, was led by the Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance Against Obesity.
Students at both workshops learned about air quality, the health effects of air pollution, and the use of handheld air sensors. The students then traveled in teams around their cities to measure air quality. After recording their data, the students reviewed their findings through the interactive map on the KMS website, shared their results, and discussed actionable options to help reduce air pollution in their cities.