Sentio leverages the Environmental Charter School's pedagogical framework for "looping" students according to age and grade needs.
“Parents are highly motivated and potent potential advocates, they just don’t know where to start."
Nikole Schaeffer Chief Outreach & Innovation Officer, ECS
ECS educators involved with this project shared their concerns across the cognitive development of learners and their own knowledge of complex subject matter. To tackle these challenges, we worked with educators to understand common frameworks for lesson planning, content delivery, and learner needs. Furthermore, we partnered with air quality activists in Southwest Pennsylvania to share their policy initiatives, public outreach programs, and already existing educational materials.
For the final kit, we prototyped the middle loop curriculum and teaching aids. Mirroring curricular frameworks in place at ECS, we built a curriculum for students to use an "Air Magnifier" to document and journal their own experiences with air quality. This Air Magnifier was play-tested with educators (n=4), where all confirmed that the curriculum was suited for the age range, easy to follow, and at an appropriate level of depth for the topic.
To make air quality concrete, we utilized sensory experience and hands-on making as the focal point of each unit. Ideas like projection mapping, tangible data, and edible air were all explored. The most well received idea was a vinyl installation that obscured vision in decades with highest air pollution.