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Confronting a Silent Killer: Radon Awareness Lessons for Iowa High School Science Teachers

In this project, materials will be adapted and developed for Iowa high school science teachers (biology, chemistry, general science, health) to use to build student awareness of the dangers of radon. According to the USEPA, Iowa has the highest prevalence of radon in the country, yet too few Iowans know anything about this second leading cause of lung cancer. Although this application is only for funding for July 2011-June 2012, this is a three year project. The ultimate goal of this project is to result in a large number of Iowa high school homes, and learn the options available for mitigation. The first year, from July 2011 to June 2012, will involve a pilot project at SE Polk High School. The objective of the first year of this project is to develop lesson plans for Iowa high school science teachers to assist them in teaching students about the dangers of radon. After the pilot program is completed at the end of year one, the project will be shared with all Iowa high school science teachers.