The Clean Air Primer CD-ROM and Clean Air
©2004 Delphi International
Delphi develops resources for educational institutions,
public agencies, and private companies to expand their outreach to specific
audiences. Current educational resources include a series of products
on the environment, energy and other related topics. The Clean Air Primer
was jointly developed with the National Park Service, the EPA and the
California Air Resources Board. It is a collection of interactive activities
and units about clean air issues. It provides an excellent compendium
of science resources on air quality, all in one convenient easy-to-use
product. There is also a series of museum and event- exhibits, kiosks,
and activities for building awareness about air quality.
The Clean Air Primer CD-ROM was developed to teach middle school and high
school students about the causes and effects of air pollution and what
actions can be taken to improve air quality. The materials focus on San
Francisco Bay Area and Northern California's air quality, energy, environmental
hazards and clean air issues organized into multiple learning modules
for use with different ability and interest levels. The curriculum makes
use of up-to-date techniques that include very high resolution fly-through
movies using realistic 3D graphics. A wide variety of original animations,
flash movies, and interactive activities are available to stimulate problem-solving
and make learning an active experience. There are over 400 web-based pages
in the resource database.
Included in the Primer, there are movies that are colorful and unique
geo-spatial fly-throughs. They incorporates very realistic helicopter-like
sequences of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley and the Sierras.
The fly-throughs can zoom in on specific areas down to viewing houses
so that neighborhoods can be explored in-depth. The flights can be taken
through clear air when no pollution can be seen and through the same air
when what's in the air is made visible. It's an exciting way to experience
why we should care about what's in the air.
After seeing the sources of pollution along the flight paths, you gain
access to many multimedia areas of exploration in the overview, science,
issues and policies, health, solutions, and problem-solving games sections.
The resource materials offer challenging and engaging ways to learn about
air pollutants, pollution sources, alternative fuel vehicles, clean energy
and dangerous energy choices, and how air quality impacts people, the
economy, and the environment.
Delphi delivers a set of resources full of unique materials about:
- California's unique climate, geography, and population patterns
- the major environmental, health, and economic impacts of pollution
- strategies to reduce emissions on particular days that could exceed
federal ozone standards
- how to recognize, measure, and control the emission of other pollutants,
such as small particles that have been identified as a health concern
- strategies to reduce pollution transport
- fun activities to explore about what we can do at home, at work, and
traveling to help Spare the Air, reduce ozone precursors and particulate
- a rich set of interactive exercises about transportation solutions,
ride alternatives, fire ecology, smoke management, and alternative fuel
The Clean Air Primer resources were developed with content reviewed by
the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources
Board, the National Park Service, and the California Department of Education.
Due to the efforts of organizations like the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District, the San Francisco Bay Area has achieved major reductions in
air pollution through its efforts and the efforts of partner organizations
like RIDES.ORG and the American Lung Association. Our air is now cleaner
than it was 30 years ago. Although the air quality is better, unfortunately
it still contains harmful pollution. With resources like the Clean Air
Primer, we can encourage improvement of our personal actions and taking
responsibility to do something every day to spare the air.
Delphi International has supported non-profit and public service organizations
through the creation of subsidized educational materials. We have developed
materials that are web-based, modular and very exciting for classroom
and exhibit-based learning environments. Our goal is to take information
from science and put it into the hands and minds of ordinary people to
whom it is vitally important. We are very serious about concentrating
on environmental programs because of their importance to our future. As
we strive to make a positive difference in people's lives through service
and interactive media-rich projects, we will ensure that educational presentation
materials reach diverse groups, regardless of socio-economic background.
We welcome working with public agencies, other companies, foundations,
youth development agencies, and NGO's who share this mission.